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Mortal Anemones

Summary:
"I never knew what I ate would be the deciding factor in our friendship." "It wasn't until you started eating people." Lovely banner by the_real_mrs_potter.


Notes:
So there used to be another version of the story under the author name LennyRules1071. But then we decided to rewrite it and here it is. So this is eons better than the first one.


1. Do You Remember, and SQUIGGY

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It was a perfect summer night, or as close as it gets to perfect in this odd thing we call life. The sun had just set and there was a cool breeze blowing off the beach in the La Push reservation. A bonfire was lit and friends were swarming around it laughing and singing very badly. The focus of this story is two barely teenage girls, and two barely teenage boys. They were at the edge of that fire and they looked the most mismatched. The shortest one jumped up onto the Indian boys back and as they ran around the beach the other two shifted awkwardly closer to each other.

“So Alex...” The one known as Alex shifted more and looked down and I mean down at the girl. He reached a hand out but then retracted it.

“So Sophia…” As the words left his mouth, you could hear a loud screaming coming from the water. The two friends whipped their heads around just in time to see the shortest and loudest one being thrown into the chilly ocean water.

“Jacob Benji Black! I will skin you alive! You will not survive this! Where do you get off with the whole "let’s throw Ana in the ocean!" thing? This water is freaking cold!” Jacob laughed and watched Ana splashed around helplessly in the water. But the next thing he knew there was a five foot three girl latched to his back making him tumble into the water.

Alex stood on the shore laughing as his friends tackled and splashed each other. Though for a second, he stopped paying attention and Ana pulled him into the water and jumped on his back. He hollered and ran around in the water trying to get her off. Something that sounded like chicken was yelled between them. Ana jumped onto Jacob’s shoulders and Sophia grudgingly climbed onto Alex’s’. And then the epic battle began.

“You are going down, Lenny! We both know I never lose at chicken when I have Jacob.” The two friends locked hands and started to push each other.

“Well there is a first time for everything because I think Alex finally has muscles!” Alex bounced her on his shoulder making her waver a little and then she kick his chest.

“That is not fair! Why can’t Jacob get muscles?” Within seconds of saying that the blonde girl was plummeted towards certain death, or well, the ocean again. She sputtered when she finally emerged and splashed Jacob. “You lame-face, now we lost!”

“Yeah, well, you told me I didn’t have muscles, which is a lie.” Sophia laughed and Alex turned away, his shoulder shaking with laughter.

“Maybe compared to a baby Jacob. But do not worry we still love you anyway!” Jacob’s cheeks flared up with a red tint and he looked down at Ana.

Sophia just knew what he was thinking, her Squiggy had just told him she loved him. But of course Squiggy just swam away towards Quil. Slowly the four friends all got out of the water and walked to the fire. The others laughed and joked with them about how wet they were. Ana stood off talking to Quil. Everyone except Ana knew how jealous she was making Jacob, or maybe she did know. Because just when Jacob looked over she touched Quil’s arm softly. Jacob’s face flared up again, but this time with anger. He marched over and wrapped his arm around Ana’s waist and glared down at Quil.

“Jacob, what in the world are you doing?” Ana looked up at Jacob confused, the whole bonfire gang burst out laughing, Ana looked around confused and sighed. She then laid her head on his shoulder. They all had hoped it could just stay this way, but of course it never does.

-

Ana stood in the corner of the packed gymnasium staring out in disgust at the horde of people dancing. Her pure white dress swished across her legs as she moved her hips slightly to the beat. How she ended up here she still was not fully certain; something about potatoes and Jacob. But alas neither of those things seemed to be here and Sophia had gone off to dance with Alex after much pestering. She felt satisfied yet very alone.

There is something that I see
In the way you look at me
There's a smile, there's a truth in your eyes

But an unexpected way
On this unexpected day
Could it mean this is where I belong
It is you I have loved all along

“Hey there pretty little lady, how you feel about dancing with me?” Ana turned and was ready to curse who ever it was out for calling her a little lady until she looked up into the deep brown pools known as Jacob’s eyes. Her words were lost in the banging base and laughter of the other people, but she slid her small hand into his. If the lights had been even slightly brighter, she would have been able to see the subtle blush slowly creeping onto Jacob’s cheeks.

It's no more mystery
It is finally clear to me
You're the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved all along

There were times I ran to hide
Afraid to show the other side
Alone in the night without you

When they reached the edges of the sweaty mass of people, Jacob slowly twirled her and then let his hands gently settle on her waist. Now with the short girl wrapped in his arms, he felt as though he could break her at any moment; his stature was towering compared to hers. She softly reached up and laced her arms around his neck. They looked like such an odd pair, the shortest girl in the high school with her arms around the neck of the tallest boy.

But now I know just who you are
And I know you hold my heart
Finally this is where I belong
It is you I have loved all along

It's no more mystery
It is finally clear to me
You're the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved all along

Slowly they started to twirl around the gym floor and as she stumbled against his smooth movements, a small smile played across the boy’s lips. He pulled her closer and whispered to her softly, telling her to just stand on his feet. Soon their movements were flowing and her dress wrapped around both of them as they turned, tying them together. Ana laid her head on his chest, feeling the warmth on her cheek and hearing the beat of his heart. She closed her eyes, content.

Over and over
I'm filled with emotion
Your love, it rushes through my veins

And I am filled
With the sweetest devotion
As I, I look into your perfect face

Soon the song came to a slow end and the two teenagers pulled away from each other. Ana looked up into the eyes of the boy she thought she had known her whole life but now something was so different. He looked at her now as though she was a beautiful flower and not just some friend to horse around with. It sent a shiver down her spine and unknowingly she leaned her head up closer to his. He also slowly inched towards her, their lips were barely an inch apart and they both let out a breath. Jacob went in to close the space just as Ana pulled away. Faster then it had all started, it had ended and Jacob watched her retreating back to the wall. It did not matter though. Everything had already changed.

It's no more mystery
It is finally clear to me
You're the home my heart searched for so long
And it is you I have loved
It is you I have loved
It is you I have loved all along

-

I sighed and laid my head on my knees as I looked out over the ocean water splashing against the sand. Why could it not stay like that, us laughing on the beach? Of course now I know why they were laughing, but then it just seemed so odd that he was wrapping his arm around me. But then all of that had to happen and I just could not be here any more. I had to leave. I looked back at the reservation and sighed. Can I do this? I have been gone for three years now; I am someone else, not who they knew.

I stood up slowly and brushed the sand off my jeans. I can do this. I just have to walk up there and tell Lenny hi. One word. I can do this, breathe, breathe, I can do this. But what if she hates me…? I mean I didn’t say goodbye to her… oh my gosh I can not do this! I should have stayed home, or well, somewhere not here. I bet I am not supposed to be here because of my new species. Stupid teeth, stupid blood, stupid—

“SQUIGGY!” I whipped my head around as red hair tackled me to the ground, well the person under the red hair, somewhere down there. “You lame-face leaving me with Jacob and not saying good-bye! Three years I had to deal with him being all stupid in my house! And he would never shut up, why dear gosh did you ever like that feminine boy?”

“I missed you too Lenny.” We both sat on the beach for an hour just staring at each other. Then as the sun set she stood up and I followed her back to her house.

“So you have brown hair now… it is nice but I liked it better when you were blonde.” I shrugged and kicked a rock.

“I am different now, I needed something different.” We slowed down as we walked past Jacob’s house, I looked away and tried not to let it show that this bothered me.

“Any way Sam and Emily finally got engaged.” I gasped and hit her shoulder.

“No way! Finally, we all knew he was going to, he was such a chicken! So they have not had the wedding yet, right?” I watched my Lenny nod and then started skipping. Why was I so worried? It is perfectly fine here. We kept walking and talked about everything. Of course I left out the things about why I left and also why it was so hard coming back. As we approached Lenny’s house, I got a slight foreboding feeling, as if I was walking to the gallows.

“I think in a way Emily wanted to wait for you. You know you always were her favorite.” I laughed and skipped along beside her, but I could not help feeling still like I was walking to my demise.

We walked into the house and it was like stepping back in time. I remembered all of those mornings I came here for breakfast and how I used to be able to just walk in the door. I also remembered the first time we met Alex, back when they had a round table. I swear I scarred him for life that day! And I remember how I could always come here when I would have problems with Jacob. It still even smelled the same, though now it had a disgusting undertone smell. And I felt like I could just sit down on the couch again and spill my soul to Lenny without any one else caring, but yet now I know I can not.

“Sohpie why does are house reek… Ana? How are you…? Oh.” I gasped as Sam walked into the room and the smell worsened. I stared at him as if I had never seen him before, because he looked at me as though I was the vilest thing on the planet. I backed away and reached for the door. My hand gripped the door knob tight and I stared up at the man, no, beast who I could hardly stand the smell of.

“That is right, you are not Ana anymore; you are a blood sucker.” I looked back at Sam. It felt like he had slapped me. I opened the door and ran. My feet pounded against the hard ground at a pace almost impossible to see. I was not sure where I was going but I just had to go somewhere far away. I had to get away from that smell and the look Sam gave me. I did not know the fact I was a vampire was such a problem, and how did he even know? I ran through the woods and stumbled a little. I tried to remember where it was that Jacob used to take me. I turned left and finally found the clearing. I fell to the ground and wrapped my arms around my knees. I knew I should have stayed in New York.