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This is Seth's story of Imprinting. It has a very strange twist....I hope everyone enjoys!!
Everything has happened so fast and no one could have ever predicted what was going to happen.
I have been running double shift patrols for the last 2 weeks. Jacob and Nessie had left to go on their honeymoon. I really missed having Jacob around. While he was away I had been left in charge. But thankfully they were going to be back tomorrow.
"We are all glad that they shall be returning tomorrow." a familiar voice said. It was Edward.I really like Edward. He was not only a good friend but he was also like a father to me in a lot of ways.
Ever since the Volturi came and tried to destory all of the Cullen family over 7 years ago, I have lived with them. I took over Edwards old room. When my mother married Charlie over 5 years ago, our old house on the Reservation had been empty till Leah moved into it with Jona. Jona was an Indian from a neighboring Reservation. Jona had come to one of our festivals about 3 years back and Leah had Imprinted on him during the visit. The rest was history. I liked living with the Cullens because they were my family and close friends.
I moved in his direction.
"You want to phase so we can chat for a bit?" Edward asked me.
Yes sure. Gimme a sec.
I walked out of the clearing into the woods to phase. I was zipping up my pants as I walked back into the clearing. Edward was sitting on a blounder waiting for me.
I walked towards him and sat down next to him.
"What's up Edward?" I asked
"I just wanted to check and see how things were going? Being in charge for the last couple of weeks keeps you out of the house a lot. Running double shifts while Jacob and Renesemee has been gone has to be hard on your body." Edward said with a friendly yet father like tone.
"I am tired and ready for Jake and Nessie to get back home." I told Edward, "I have missed them both so very much."
"We all have missed them Seth." Edward began, "Bella and I have never been away from Nessie for this long before."
"I bet you two are really eager for her to get back?" It came out like a question but really was just more like a statement.
"Yeah we are and do not tell anyone that I told you this because I will deny it. But I have missed Jacob around here as well." Edward admitted.
"Your secret is safe with me." I smiled at him
Edward sat silently for awhile. I was starting to wonder what it was that he really wanted to talk to me about.
"Well before Jacob and Nessie left, him and I were talking about Imprintin." Edward said as he took a more serious tone.
So far everyone in both packs had Imprinted on someone. I mean everyone. The elders that passed down our heritage from one generation to the next had always told us that Imprinting was a rare thing and not everyone would have it in them to Imprint. Then again our generation was the first to have a pack any large then 2 or more. So far I have been the only exception as far as it goes with Imprinting.
"Yeah. So. What about it?" I said a bit annoyed.
"We all know that this must be difficult for you, Seth." Edward said with a lot of compassion in his voice.
"I am fine....if it happens then it happens and if not then that is the way it was meant to be." I said as I stood up and stared off into the distance.
"Well son, if you ever want to just talk about it, I am always here for you." Edward told me.
"I know." I said. Edward put out his had to shake mine. We locked hands and Edward pulled me in for a hug. He patted my back and pulled back.
"I need to get back to work." I told him as I started to walk back into the woods.
"Okay but come home soon. Esme is fixing your favorite, Pot Roast and Mashed Potatoes." Edward hollard after me.
"OK!" I said and then I shifted. As I was running the line I kept thinking about all of my family and friends. They were all so happy. I was happy that everyone has been lucky enough to find love and happiness in their lives. I still found myself feeling jealous that I had yet to Imprint with anyone for myself.
Just then I came across a new scent. I could tell that it was vampire but not anyone that I knew. The trail had to be only a few hours old. It was still pretty fresh so the vampire had to still be in the area. Before I took off to follow the scent I had to phase because I needed to call Quil and Embry. Jacob had left orders that no one was to go after anything for any reason without back up. I pulled my cell from my pants and dailed Embry first.
"Hey man. I just came across a scent and I want to check it out." I told Embry.
"Is it fresh or old?" He asked me.
"It is only a few hours so whoever it is has to still be in the area." I said.
"OK....where are you I will come meet you?" Embry said. I could here him moving.
"I am about 45 miles to the east of the training field." I told him. The training field was the same field that we had destoryed all of those young vampires of Victoria's and the field that we had stopped the advances from the Volturi so many years ago. Now we used it for training mostly.
"I am on my way." Embry told me, "I will stop by Quil's and let him now."
"Ok I will be waiting for you guys." I said then hung up the phone and put it back into my shorts. I took off my shorts and phased back so I would know when Quil and Embry had phased and were on their way. About 2 minutes later I felt their change.
So how are you doing Seth?
Quil asked me.
I am doing fine....and you
I replied and asked him in return.
It's all good
Quil replied. It only took them about 3 minutes to get to where I was waiting for them.
So why are we checking out this scent?
Yeah it seems to be heading out of our territory.
I just want to be safe rather then sorry...I mean what if who ever this is decides to double back when they realize the Cullens are in this area?
I was telling them. I could also tell that the scent seemed to be growing a bit stronger the further that we went. Then I saw it. There was a couple of deer down about 100 yards ahead of us. We picked up the pace for the last few yards.
It looks like the Cullens have been out here
Quil said as we looked over the dead deer.
No...that is not possible. They just went out feeding two days ago and this is a fresh kill.
I told Quil and Embry.
Then who did this kill?
Embry asked with some confusion.
I thought that the only other Veggie eaters lived in Alaska?
Quil asked me. And he was right the only other vampires that we knew of that drank from animals lived in Alaska and they had not been around for about 2 and half weeks. They had come down for Jacob and Nessie's wedding but went back home the next day.
That is the only other clan that we know of and they have not been here since the wedding
I stated in the same confused tone as Quil and Embry.
It looks like the kill is only about 30 minutes old
Embry stated as he looked at the fresh deer kill before us.
Then who ever has done this is still close and we should be able to find them.
I said as I moved around the dead deer and headed in the direction of the new scent. We had only gone about 200 yards from the deer when two vampires stepped out from behind some trees. Quil, Embry and I all bared our teeth and began to growl and snarl. The vampires crouched down ready to pounce. Then from the right walked in an angel. Suddenly I did not want to attack these vampires. The whole world began to fade as this lovely creature looked at me. My entire world changed. I no longer needed my family or my friends. All I needed was that beautiful woman to be with me forever. I wanted to love her and protect her till the end of time.
No way man
No way how is that possible?
Embry asked even more confused.
Shut up the both of you
I growled in my mind. One at a time go to the woods and phase back.
I told them.
We do not know them Seth
Quil said to me but I was not listening to them any more. My only thought was of her. She was beautiful. She had long thick black hair. She looked like she might have been from a Indian heratiage before her change.
I walked into the woods and phased. I put my shorts on and hurried back to the trail.
"What the hell are you?" the man standing a few feet from the angel asked. I could not take my eyes off of her. She seemed to not be able to look away from me as well.
"My name is Seth. This is Quil and Embry." I said pointing to each of them, "We are shape shifters, our pack is from the local Indian tribe. We mean you no harm." I explained with my hands out in front of me for them to see.
The angel stepped forward smiling at me, "My name is Mary. This is Jason and Lauren."
"It is a pleasure to meet you Mary." I said never taking my eyes off of her.
"If you are not a threat to us then why have your friends not changed back?" the woman named Lauren asked still in a defensive crouch close to the man named Jason.
"Well we do not know you vampires and we still have to protect ourselves." I told her. "If they phase back will you attack us?"
"No...I am positive that that will not happen." Mary said smiling at me, "They will not harm us I can feel it deep inside of me." she said to Jason and Lauren over her shoulder.
"Go phase!" I told Quil and Embry, "Embry call the Cullens and let them know what we have found."
"Who is the Cullens?" Jason asked still not sure that it was safe.
"They are the local vampires. The keep resident about 50 miles from here." I told them. I started to inch closer to Mary. Her smile became bigger as she moved towards me. I felt this pull to her that I could not and did not want to stop.
"How do they keep a residence in this area?" the woman named Lauren asked skepitcal.
"They are like you... the only feed off of animals." I stated as I stopped just a few feet from Mary.
"How do you know that we only feed off of animals?" Jason asked me.
"Because your eyes are golden and not red." I stated, "The Cullens eyes are like yours and that means you only feed on animals." Mary reached her hand towards me. I took it into mine. Then Quil and Embry came out of the woods. Lauren moved forward and started to pull Mary back.
"No...I want to be next to him." Mary stated still smiling at me.
"You do not know who or what he is exactly." Lauren said in a sharp voice. She was still trying to pull Mary back.
"He could never hurt me!" Mary told Lauren as she pulled her arm free of Lauren's grasp.
"I will never hurt you no matter what." I told her.