Chapter 14- Leah Clearwater
I almost broke the door down as I banged my fists against it. I swear I heard the wood splinter at the force I was putting behind knocking. You would think I’d have keys to the house seeing as I
still lived there but no- hence the always dramatic entrance. My mom wasn’t deaf but it was always best to start off with the over the top knocking because I’d get round to it eventually. Even
getting my own mother to let me in my own house was a challenge nowadays.
“I’m coming, for goodness sake Leah,” mum complained.
“You’re the one who insists on locking me out,” I answered.
“That’s because you insist on being a nuisance.”
She opened the door and almost closed it just as quickly. Honestly, how many times do I have to arrive home in a state before it doesn’t shock her? Her eyes widened as she took in my
appearance, glancing back into the house anxiously. I could already feel myself getting peeved off. I was not, I repeat not, washing myself down before I went inside.
“I’ve already told you-” she began.
“Yes and I’ve told you, I’m not touching that hose! I don’t know what the Hell comes out of the end but it’s not water,” I protested, trying to edge past her.
“You’re covered in blood,” she said.
“Most of it’s off and it’s dry anyway. I need a shower mom, let me in.”
“Leah what happened? I only have to make a call to find out so there’s no point in being difficult about telling me.”
I growled. “Then make the call mom. I couldn’t care less.”
“Fine,” she said simply, shutting the door.
I knocked it again before I started rattling the letter box like crazy but not breaking it. If she didn’t answer then I’d start shouting through it. If that failed I could track down Seth,
the good little boy who’s managed not to lose his key. He had the good sense to leave it with Emily and pop in and ask her for it when he needed it. The door opened and my mom’s face looked round
“What?” she demanded.
“Let me in and I’ll tell you.”
“Leah I don’t have time for these stupid games. If I let you in you’ll go upstairs and shower then sneak back out without telling me anything. I don’t even know why I bother asking you, I
should just call Billy- no you know what, I don’t know why you bother keeping it from me when-”
“-when you can just call Billy, yeah I’ve got it. Could you open the door a bit wider? I’m not a rake I’ll never fit through that gap.”
She shut the door. I swore and ran down the pathway. I didn’t know where to go next. I wasn’t that desperate for a shower, I could wash in the river whenever. I really just wanted to go
home for a while. The blood had dried and hardened on my clothes but I wasn’t regretting turning down the clothes the vampires offered me. Reeking of blood was fine but vampire stench is sickening.
I thought about finding Jacob but he was probably with Renesmee and I had no intention of checking the blood suckers fancy place. I could do with a race; Kyle was a pretty good challenge,
around the same as Jake. He was almost certainly at the Cullen’s though to check on Amber. I thought about it. Honestly I don’t think I wanted to know what had happened to Amber. Racing had
distracted him but he was almost numb- whatever had happened hadn’t hit him yet. Maybe I should stay away from Kyle for a while. Why did that make me feel bad?
“Hey sis,” Seth said coming up the pathway.
I half smiled. “Hey Seth, do you know where Jake is?” Of course he did. He had that whole hero worship thing going on with him
“Yeah he’s round the Cullen’s place.”
“Super. Do you know where Kyle is?”
“Uh yeah he’s at the Cullen’s too. Why’d you ask?”
“Keep your nose out little brother,” I said.
“Have fun at the Cullen’s then,” he said gloomily.
“What’s wrong with you?”
“Well mom’s probably in a bad mood because of whatever you’ve said to her and that doesn’t help me right now. I’m going to get twenty questions about what happened and she’ll bite my head off
for not knowing enough,” he complained.
“Don’t go in then,” I suggested.
“Fair point,” he agreed.
“Don’t follow me.”
“I wasn’t planning on it. Atmosphere is probably worse over there with what’s happening and everything,” he commented.
“What is going on? I haven’t heard anything.”
“Um I don’t know whether I should say really, I mean I’m not even that sure I’ve heard right” he said uncertainly.
“Oh come on Seth.”
“Kyle will tell you and if he doesn’t then Jake will. I don’t feel right telling you,” he protested when I glared, “it’s none of my business.”
“There are moments where I seriously consider trading you for Quil or Embry,” I said darkly.
He bounded off quickly and I ran, seething, all the way over to the vampires’ place. I wasn’t in any hurry to go spend quality time with those darling leeches, I only ran out of habit.
The house came into sight.
I wasn’t going to knock on the door- they could all smell me outside. I was waiting in the shadows of the trees for Jake to run out and meet me when the door slammed open. It wasn’t Jake.
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