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Another Myth to Live Through

Summary:
The Cullens, an immortal family of vampires, have protected themselves by hiding from the world. That will change forever when magic enters their lives. But what seems at first to be a new opportunity may just cause a new set of troubles. A Twilight / Harry Potter Crossover that takes place post-Breaking Dawn and during the Trio's sixth year.


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11. Dinner With the Wolves

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Chapter 11: Dinner With the Wolves

Jake's Point of View

After Bella and Edward said goodbye, Nessie and I started walking to the Shrieking Shack.

"I haven't seen you in a while, how have things been?" I asked.

"Good." She replied, "It's really amazing all the things I'm learning to do with magic."

"Yeah, it would make my life a lot easier if I could use magic for half the stuff you can."

"I only know the basics and you're saying that, imagine how envious you'll be once I'm finished with school?"

I thought for a moment, "That's true. I guess it's a good thing I'll be living with an entire family that can do magic, isn't it?"

Nessie laughed in response, and waited patiently while I used a long branch to push the knot on the Whomping Willow so we could get to the Shrieking Shack.

"So, have you, Leah, Seth, or Embry seen anything unusual in the forest yet?

"Other than the Death Eaters, nothing alarming. Though I swear I saw a centaur or something once."

"I take it we won't be learning about centaurs in your class then?"

"Wait, are they real?" Nessie nodded, holding back a small laugh, "That makes sense, this whole place shouldn't exist except in stories. But no, you don't need to worry about a test on the centaur wars of 1236 any time soon."

We arrived at the trap door that led into the Shack, and I opened it, allowing Nessie to enter first.

"Honey, I'm home!" I yelled as I walked in.

"Well, at least he's finally admitting he isn't the man of the house." Leah commented sarcastically, "Oh hi Nessie. I didn't expect to see you."

"Are you insinuating that I'm not manly enough to be the man of the house?" I retorted, deciding to let Leah have her fun.

"I didn't insinuate anything, you came right out and admitted it yourself." She said as she walked into the makeshift dining room.

"It smells good, what did the House Elves bring tonight?" I asked, leading Nessie towards the dining room.

"Steaks and mashed potatoes, nothing over the top tonight. Hi Nessie, how are you doing? Did you learn any new tricks?" Seth asked.

"I've been doing well. I did actually, watch." She pulled out her wand, and pointed it at me, saying "Expelliarmus."

The fork full of mashed potatoes I had just picked up flew out of my hands and landed behind me with a slight squishing sound.

"Accio fork." Nessie said.

The fork rose from the ground and flew across the room into Nessie's hand.

"Impressive." Seth told her.

Nessie blushed slightly, realizing that she had been showing off a bit, and thanked him.

"I know I might just be a big dog, but I do like to try and be civilized while I'm eating..." I hinted at Nessie.

"Oh, sorry." Nessie handed me the fork.

"So Nessie, what brought you here?" Leah asked.

"Mom, Dad, and I went to tell Jake that Harry wanted him to be at a club meeting on Friday, because we need a professor there to oversee things. Jake asked if we wanted to come and see you guys, I said yes, but my parents had to go tell Harry and Ron that Jake had said yes."

"Ah. What kind of meeting is this?" Leah asked me.

"Apparently Harry is doing some extra-curricular training for his fight against Voldemort, and he opened it to everyone at school that wants to learn how to defend themselves. Half the reason I'm going is that I want to see some impressive magic." I admitted, grinning.

There was silence for a few minutes as we ate our dinner.

"Jake, can you pass me a piece of steak?" Nessie asked.

I was surprised, "I thought you didn't like human food?" I asked.

"Not really," she admitted, "But, I'm going to be here for six more years after this. I figured I'd at least try to acquire a taste for it so I don't stand out so much."

"That's true." I said, picking out the rarest piece of steak I could find and putting it on her plate.

After Nessie took a few bites I asked, "How is it?"

"I think it's overcooked." She said, "It tastes too dry."

I laughed, "They barely waved the cow over a candle before they put that on the plate Nessie."

"I guess this will be harder than I thought." She said, somewhat demoralized.

"When your done, why don't we go out and find a nice elk? That way you don't go hungry."

"Sure." Nessie said immediately, trying to hide her enthusiasm. She always liked hunting with me when I was in wolf form.

As Nessie finished her steak, Embry walked in the door.

"Oh, hi Nessie. Didn't expect to see you here." After a second pause, he added, "Doesn't look like you're enjoying that steak too much?"

"No, but I'm trying to get used to it as best I can. So I can blend in better."

Embry nodded in understanding and turned, "Seth, your turn to head out for patrol."

Seth stood up, "Okay then. See you guys later."

Embry at down at the table, grabbed a plate for himself, and started eating. After a few minutes, Nessie pushed her plate forward slightly and stood up.

"Okay, let's get some real food. That steak was terrible, how can you guys eat so much of it?"

I just laughed as we walked out the front door of the shack. We walked at a leisurely pace towards the woods, and when we reached them, I ducked behind a tree and phased.

'Hey Jake. I forgot you and Nessie were going for a run.' Seth's voice popped into my mind, though it seemed slightly labored.

'Doing okay kid?'

'I'm fine, I just need to remember not to run full tilt right after eating a meal.' I winced at the thought.

'And I'm not a kid' he added, 'I'm seventeen years old'

'Bah, you young'uns always trying to act older than you are.'

I heard Seth's laughter, and joined in as I padded over to Nessie.

Nessie put her hand on my side, and I saw images of us racing, and us stopping at a clearing that we had been to on a previous trip. I grinned at her in agreement, and on her mark, we raced off into the forest.

I was a fair bit faster than her, but I kept my pace low so the race remained fairly even. As we neared the clearing, I sped up, as did Nessie, and we passed the treeline at the exact same time.

Nessie and I laughed as she walked over to a tree to sit down. I followed her, and laid down next to her, just enjoying spending some extra time with her.

As I laid there, feeling quite content, I sense Seth's emotions wandering, 'What's up?' I asked him.

'Nothing.' he said quickly.

'Seth, it's impossible to hide anything in the wolf mind. Believe me I tried.'

Seth mentally sighed, 'I'm sorta jealous I guess,' he said, resigned.

I was confused, 'Of what?'

'Of what you, and Quil, and Sam, and Paul have. When I turned into a wolf,that was pretty much it. I all but stopped going to school, I stopped hanging out with my friends who weren't in the pack. My life was basically patrolling, eating, and sleeping. There are some nice things about it, meeting the Cullens, all the extra abilities, they're great, but sometimes it still feels like all I do is eat, sleep, and patrol.'

I immediately understood what Seth was talking about. Imprinting. Though, this was a side of Seth I had never seen before. Seth, the I'm everybody's friend, happy go-lucky kid of the Pack. He must be much better at hiding things than I had ever thought.

'Looking at you, Sam, Quil, and Paul, you still do all the stuff the rest of the Pack does, but you have a purpose. I know I'm protecting the tribe and all that, but I want something more. I've found myself thinking, more and more, of what it would be like to find my imprint. I know Taha Aki went through two wives, before finding his imprint, but that seems like such a long time.'

'You can't force it Seth.' I told him, 'I tried that with Bella, and all it did was make me, and her miserable.'

'I know that. I just sorta wish I knew what I was waiting for.'

'Believe me, you'll know when it happens.' I told him.

I decided to try and put it into language he'd understand. I doubted that the old "gravity shifts" explanation would be helpful.

'Do you remember that girl you had a crush on right around when you first phased?'

'Of course. You guys gave me all sorts of crap for thinking about her all the time.'

'Well imagine what you felt about her, but about a hundred times stronger. Being willing to do anything to make her happy, and being content just to be near her. That's what imprinting is like. I love Nessie like a sister, so what I'm feeling is different from what the others feel, but it's the same basic thing.'

I looked at Nessie, who was still sitting against the tree, relaxed, and let my emotions run free. After laying there, feeling fully contented for a few minutes, I shook myself from my reverie. 'Have a better idea of what it's like now?'

Seth's thoughts were muddled for a moment, but then he responded, 'Yeah, thanks. At least I have an idea of what I'm waiting for now. Thank you Jacob.'

'It's no problem at all Seth. If you ever need any help, just let me know.'

'I will.' He said, 'Oh, and Jake, could you try not to let Leah find out about this? She'd never let me live it down.'

I laughed lightly, 'No, she wouldn't.'

Seth returned to patrolling, and a few minutes later, Nessie stood up.

"Ready to go hunting?" She asked me.

I nodded, and followed her as she raced towards the edge of the forest where we normally hunted. She quickly picked up the scent of an elk, and sprinted towards the source. She pounced gracefully on it only a moment after it came into view. I waited nearby, to make sure nothing else came along and surprised Nessie, even if it wasn't likely to happen.

When she had finished, she came back over to me, "If only human food tasted that good." She said.

I barked a laugh as we began to race back through the forest towards the Shrieking Shack. Once we reached the edge of the forest, I went behind a tree, phased, and put my clothing back on. Nessie and I walked back up to the Shack, and after bidding goodbye to Leah and Embry, returned to Hogwarts through the tunnel underneath the Whomping Willow.

I walked with Nessie to the portrait of the Fat Lady.

"I guess I'll see you tomorrow during class." Nessie said.

"I'll be there." I told her. "Goodnight Nessie." I said, giving her a hug.

"'Night Jake." She said. Then, Nessie gave the password, and entered the Common Room.

I returned to my room, suddenly exhausted from the hunting trip, and fell into my bed. I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.