The large grizzly bear growled at
me as I stalked it, looking for an opening. The russet brown
color of the beast lit up in the moonlight. Around us I could
hear the rest of my family hunting, but I kept my focus on the
bear. The trees circled around the bear and I as if this was
meant to happen in this "ring". It stood on its back legs and
took a swipe at my head, I ducked and charged. I hit the bear
with the force of a thousand freight trains. We tumbled into the
trees, causing one to fall and three other to crack. We landed in
another small clearing with me on it's chest. I bared my teeth
and bent to sink them into the bear's flesh where it's blood
flowed the strongest. The warm liquid filled my mouth, then
traveled down my throat, easing the burn that existed before. The
giant creature struggled underneath me but was unable to move
I continued to feed until
I had drained the grizzly of it's precious life force. When I had
finished, I sat up, still on the beast's chest, and wiped my
mouth with the back of my sleeve.
"You sure make a lot of
noise." My brother jested, coming through the trees to stand with
me while we wait for everyone else to finish.
"Jacob, its no fun if I
have to be quiet." We both laughed.
I got up from the drained
bear, and walked over to Jacob. We were the same height and I was
thankful that Alice found him. When Alice found Jacob, he was
being attacked by animals like I was, only with him it was a pack
of wolves instead of a bear. I always felt out of place being so
big, but with Jacob, I am just another guy. Plus we like
intimidating the humans we go to school with. That is why I hunt
almost exclusively bear, and Jake hunts wolves. The kid can knock
out an entire pack in an hour it is quite a sight. Admittedly, it
is kind of weird seeing someone as small as Alice being with
someone as large as Jake, but we have all gotten used to it and
that is all that matters.
Jake and I heard the rest
of the family approaching, so he and I took up the stiffest,
tallest poses we could with our arms crossed across our massive
chests, hoping to look somewhat intimidating.
"That's not scary guys."
Edward's voice came from the trees. He stepped into the clearing
with Rose, Jasper and Alice right on his heels.
"Damn, Em. I guess next
time we should remember that we have a brother that can read our
minds." Jacob said, bumping my arm with his.
"Edward, you ruin all the
fun." I said, trying to sound childish.
Edward simply smiled and
wrapped his arm around Rosalie's shoulders.
"Well if he hadn't said
anything I wouldn't have told." Alice said, skipping to be next
"Where's Carlisle and
Esme?" Rosalie asked, looking up at Edward for the answer.
"They are about three
miles closer to the house than we are. Shall we?"
He gestured in the
direction of their home, allowing Rose to take off before
following close on her heels. Edward was very protective of
Rosalie, although she really didn't need it. Alice and Jacob took
off in the same direction as Edward and Rosalie. Leaving just me
and my brother Jasper.
"Hey Jazz," I said
thoughtfully, "I have a question for you."
"Shoot." He said as we
started walking at a human pace toward the house, knowing we
didn't really need to be there anytime soon.
"Hold on," I said to
'Edward, please try to
tune this out. And if you can't please don't say anything to
anyone.' I pleaded to my
older brother as loudly as I could with my mind.
"Edward?" Jasper asked,
half knowing the answer already.
I nodded and waited for
any indication he had heard me. We listened as we heard someone
approach, just close enough to say "Okay," then dart away.
I looked at Jasper and
cleared my throat, purely out of habit.
"Uh, can, uh well, do you
think vampires can be... um... well gay?" I asked nervously, not
really wanting the answer.
"Well I'm sure. Why Em?
Do you...?" He trailed off not needing to finish the
"I don't know. I mean I
have liked girls, but I think I might like guys too. It is just
so confusing." I shook my head in embarrassment.
Jasper placed a hand on
my shoulder, and tried calming me.
"Look Em, I think that no
matter who you choose to love, be it male or female, they will be
the luckiest person ever."
I smiled at him, I really
trusted Jasper. He was the one who found me when I was being
attacked by the bear all those years ago. Even though he was not
the one who turned me, I felt a special connection to Jasper. I
looked toward the direction of the house then looked back down at
Jasper. I smiled at him devilishly and we both knew what was
going to happen next. We both crouched down in an explosive
"Ready. Set. Go." I
yelled, then began to run as fast as I could. Jasper and I were
neck and neck the whole way to the house, and when we got there
we argued for ten minutes who had won.
"Typical Emmett and
Jasper." I heard Rosalie say.
I smiled at Jasper,
knowing he heard the comment too and punched him in the shoulder.
Yeah so what we did act like kids most of the time but who cares,
what else is there to do?
Jacob sauntered over to
Jasper and I, a huge smile on his face.
"Hey guys. So I was just
with Alice, and she saw something."
"So what was it?" I said,
grabbing a rock off of the ground and just launching it into the
"Nice throw, anyways, she
saw two new kids at school a guy and a girl. They are Chief
"Why would this be
interesting to us?" Jasper asked, eyeing Jacob
"Well, uh... Em, the guy
is going to shadow you at school. Sorry." Jake ducked expertly as
I went to throw another rock into the woods but ended up turning
and throwing it at his head on accident.
"Oh, dang, sorry Jake." I
smiled sheepishly and shrugged.
"It's okay, so you don't
mind that you have to spend all of the day tomorrow at school
with this human?" Jake asked, beginning to sound
"No not really. From what
I hear I am pretty scary so it will be like I'm walking around
all alone." I proclaimed proudly.
"Don't be so sure
Emmett." Alice chimed in, walking towards us with a small grin on
her face. "You left a little early babe, you missed the best
part. The kid that is going to be shadowing you, he is very gay
and is, well will be very attracted to you." She giggled as the
last part came out. "And your size won't intimidate him that
much, he is almost as tall as you two." She looked up at Jacob
then back at me.
I shot a worried glance
at Jasper, who responded with a quick wave of calm.
"Uh, no I still don't
mind. I guess." I answered uneasily.
I felt Jasper put his
hand on my arm and excused us from Jacob and Alice's company. As
we walked closer to the house, I began to worry about
"Jazz, what if Edward
heard?" I asked worriedly, turning to him and practically picking
him up off of his feet to bring him to my height.
"Easy, Emmett. You know
as well as I do that Edward knows not to say anything. But if you
would feel better we could talk to him about it."
I set him down and he
called Edward to where we had stopped, just ten feet from the
"Yeah guys, what's up?"
Edward said, bounding to us in three easy steps.
"Okay Edward, don't play
coy. We all know you were listening." Edward looked down at his
feet. "Let's go to a more private location." Jasper suggested
knowing that the others could hear.
"Wait, what about Alice?"
I said, worried once again.
"Alice, could you please
join us for a walk?" Jasper called to her.
Alice danced over to us
and we all took off for the woods once again, this time stopping
only once we know we were out of earshot.
"Okay, look." Jasper
started, "Emmett is a little confused about some things right
now. It would be greatly appreciated if neither of you say
anything to the others until Emmett is ready."
I stood next to Jasper,
feeling ashamed that I had made him talk for me.
"It is okay, Emmett. I
already know what is going on." Alice said calmly, stepping
forward to place her tiny hand in mine. "I also know that we all
will support you when you finally do decide to tell us."
I looked down into her
eyes and knew I had to trust her. Then we all snapped our heads
towards the sound of approaching footsteps.
"Alice?" I asked quietly
enough that only she heard.
"It's Carlisle, Esme,
Jake and Rose. Apparently, Jacob got worried when we all came out
here. He brought everyone out in case of trouble." She answered,
irritation creeping up in her voice.
"Alice? Is everything
okay?" Carlisle's voice reached us before he did.
Carlisle walked in to the
clearing with Esme, Jacob and Rosalie following close behind. I
groaned and turned to look at Jasper, who calmed me down a
"Yeah Carlisle, we are
fine. Em and Jazz just wanted to discuss some things with Edward
and I. No real reason for concern." The last part was aimed at
Jacob, who shot us all a sheepish look.
My little sister slumped
suddenly, a vision taking over. Jacob hurried to her side and
held her upright until she came back to us. She looked up to me,
brow furrowed in worry.
"Em, trust me," she
grabbed my hand again, "we will understand."
"What are we going to
understand?" Rosalie asked in her usual brash tone while walking
over to tuck herself under Edward's arm. Edward kissed the top of
her head and whispered something to her only she could
I took in a huge breath,
then looked to Jasper again who gave me an understanding look and
put his hand on my massive shoulder. I hated being vulnerable. I
looked at each of the faces of my family. Carlisle and Esme held
hands and looked at me lovingly. I knew they would never judge
me, but my fear of being anything less than the strongest held my
tongue. Edward and Rosalie stood together, Edward still trying to
keep Rose from saying something insensitive. Alice still was in
Jacob's arms, her small hand engulfed in mine. An apologetic look
crossed Jake's face while Alice remained understanding. Jasper
looked at the faces of our family too, analyzing the emotions
each member was experiencing. Our eyes met and he nodded at me. I
knew what I had to do.
"Guys, I.. uh... am well
I think I might be gay." I stuttered.
Silence echoed in the
clearing. I regretted the words as soon as they came out of my
mouth but I was not getting them back now, so I had to deal with
what was coming. Carlisle spoke first.
"Okay." He said it as if
he couldn't figure out what else to say. He smiled warmly and
moved to give me a hug. Esme followed suit, then they both
disappeared into the woods, back to the house.
Rosalie's face was
priceless. Her mouth in a perfect "O" and her eyes wide in
disbelief. Edward tried to stifle a grin, I'm guessing at
whatever was running through Rose's head. I next looked at Jacob,
almost afraid of what his reaction would be. He seemed fine. His
face stretched into a smile and his eyes sparkled as if he
"Alice you didn't tell
him before did you?" I shouted angrily.
"Uh... It may have come
She looked at me, eyes
full of guilt. I couldn't stay mad at her no matter how irritated
I felt with her.
"I think Emmett and I
should talk. Do you guys mind?" Jasper spoke, stepping forward
and speaking to our siblings.
instantly, leaving Jasper and I alone in the woods.
"So, are you okay?" he
"I think so. Nobody
seemed to mind. I think I am going to be okay with this." I
Jasper flashed me a smile
then looked down at his watch.
"Oh it's almost time to
leave for school. Let's go."
I followed Jasper out of
the woods and made it to the house just as Edward and Rosalie
were leaving in her Camaro. Rosalie always got what she wanted
and as soon as she saw that car, Edward bought it for her. Nobody
wanted to be around them for weeks. Rosalie was always trying to
say 'thank you' and we were all grossed out by the public
displays of her appreciation.
Jacob leaned on the side
of my Jeep, with Alice resting with her back against his chest
patiently waiting for us. We approached them and Alice began to
"No, don't worry about
it. I don't blame you for not lying to Jake."
She smiled sweetly and
allowed Jacob to lift her up into my massive Jeep. I eased into
the driver's seat the same time that Jasper got into the
passenger's seat. I looked in the rear view mirror to see Alice
rest her head on Jacob's massive shoulder, his arm around her. I
smiled at the love radiating off of the two of them. I didn't
need Jasper's gift to feel it. When Alice had brought him home,
we were all worried for her. She had never been so adamant about
anything in her whole life. Carlisle finally gave in to her pleas
and changed Jacob, as the rest of us did not have the restraint
for such a task. Now, as I looked in the rear view mirror, I was
glad Carlisle gave in. I couldn't imagine life without Jacob. We
shared a relationship that I couldn't get from the rest of my
family. We obviously were the largest of the group so we pretty
much did what we wanted, when we wanted without the risk of being
stopped, any humans we have every encountered usually stopped and
stared or ran in the opposite direction.
I looked away from my
siblings in the back seat and started the Jeep. It growled to
life and then I started down our driveway to another boring day
of high school.