Chapter 17- Leah Clearwater
How could it have broken? Amber's alive isn't she? Cameron asked.
Amber died. She came back to life but she did die, and when she
died it broke. An imprint breaking is a permanent thing so even
when she came back it made no difference, I said. It was simple,
plain and easy to understand. Not that it made it any easier to
I'm not going to pretend I hadn't noticed the eyes on me when I
arrived. They were going to be curious. Why is the girly wolf
here? I wasn't going to answer. I didn't even care what they
thought of me being so close to Kyle's side. It was clear I was
there for him but they didn't get it. Who is she to him? Of all
people why girl wolf?
Leah Clearwater, said Jake like an introduction. Like it made it
any better now that they knew my name.
Hey weren't you with Sam Uley years back? I heard someone ask.
I heard vicious growling from somewhere. I glanced around only
to see Kyle, teeth bared at the pack member who'd spoken. Cameron
had growled too and I looked at him startled before I turned to
Kyle its okay, I said, alarmed.
No it's not. Nothing's okay, not a single thing.
He paused and an image flashed through his mind.
Kyle what did I just see in your head? Cameron said sharply.
We could see Amber lying on a bed but she didn't look alive at
all. She was white with blue lips and she wasn't moving. She
wasn't breathing. She looked like she'd been carved from marble
or ice. There were tubes stuck into her skin. It was like he
tried telling me when we were in the water at First Beach. Amber
Amber died for a moment like Leah just told you, but that's not
all. I haven't been straight with any of you. I tried telling
Leah earlier but...Amber's dead. Carlisle had to do something, so
he's trying this procedure. He's...frozen her. She's dead until
he revives her again, and that's if he can.
No one else caught it but I did. I saw it in his mind for that
split second. There was a time limit. It was...sick. Like some
limited offer- if you want me to revive her you better tell me to
go ahead with it before time runs out. Then it's too bad, the
offer is no longer valid.
But- what if he can? I protested over the shouts of "frozen!"
and "bloodsucker" What if he does revive her? What if when she's
alive you imprint again or something?
You said it yourself. An imprint breaking is a permanent thing,
he closed his eyes, I've got two options and it all depends on
whether Carlisle can revive her.
He didn't look like he was going to tell us what those options
were and I had a feeling I already knew. I prayed it wasn't what
he told me, that he didn't have to let her become a
vampire.Everyone was quiet until Jacob spoke up. He addressed
Cameron more than anyone else because he was the one that he
needed to convince.
You probably won't agree with this- well I don't know, you
didn't seem to mind before, but I think we need to talk with the
I only agreed before because Amber was in danger, but look what
they've done to her now! She's dead. I'm not putting my pack at
risk; I almost stopped Kyle from going back to those
That's my family you're talking about, said Jake stiffly.
Well, vampires then. I'm sorry Jake but I don't want anything to
do with them.
You don't think I should either do you? You think I'm
endangering my pack.
Yes I do-
The Cullen's are good people. Carlisle's done more good in the
world than anyone I know- he's the closest thing to a saint
you'll ever meet. I knew Bella when she was human and she's no
different now. I imprinted on her daughter and Edward didn't even
tear me to pieces. Do you want me to go on?
I get that your imprint means-
You think you're so high and mighty with this whole calm leader
act you put on, but I've dealt with your type, and I think you
know who I'm talking about-!
Oh shut up! I shouted.
They were stalking closer and closer towards each other like the
testosterone filled morons they were. Seeing as I was the only
girl there it was only natural I'd be the one sensible enough to
stop them biting each others heads off.
Now isn't the time for Pack Wars okay? I said before turning to
Cameron, I don't like the Cullen's either, just rack my brains if
you don't believe me, but they're definitely not an issue. I hate
to say it but there's nothing wrong with them apart from the
whole being a leech thing.
I've spoken to them Cam. They're not going to hurt us, Kyle
I want to believe you. I don't want to have to stop you but you
don't know them Kyle, he replied in a pained way.
Leah and Jake do and I'm starting to. I had a conversation with
Did that one conversation tell you that they're harmless?
Remember what happened before you changed? You were taught about
vampires early enough Kyle.
Ugh honestly, I interrupted, if Kyle of all people is fine with
going then why can't you be? We have to talk to them, especially
Carlisle. We need old and wise and he ticks both boxes.
Cameron was staring at Kyle and I wish I didn't know why. Kyle
was thinking about his conversation with Alice, when she told him
what it was like to be a vampire. He was thinking of how much he
didn't want to admit the Cullen's were harmless because of what
Carlisle asked him to decide.
You're going to let them turn Amber into a bloodsucker?
If Carlisle can revive her and she has...difficulties like he
said then yes, I might let him change her. I've got to consider
my options here Cam.
I can't believe they'd even think about asking-
Well why don't you voice your concerns to Carlisle? I asked. You
want to know what's up with him bringing Amber back from the dead
right? And then you need to know what's with her becoming a
vampire if he does?
Carlisle can give you answers. I need to go back there
eventually anyway. I don't know what could happen if she was
alive again, not for certain and Carlisle might, Kyle said.
I've been wondering about that. What would happen if Amber was
alive and didn't have any issues? What if she doesn't have to
become a vampire? Could you be together without the imprint?
I don't know. I don't know if it would be the same. Imprint is
the most complex thing. Who knows how this will work out?
Do you think it could work?
Sam's coming, Jake interrupted, he's suspicious about us meeting
with their pack and he wants to know what's going on.
Crap we better get to the Cullen's before he finds out. If he
knew Amber was dead and frozen, and Carlisle wants Kyle to let
her become a bloodsucker...
I don't even want to think about it.