It had taken everything in you to trust the pack, it was a
hard uphill struggle that you were constantly on the edge of losing. Every time
their play fighting got too rough or their voices to loud you’d jump up and spring
away from them and it hurt them so
much. You could see Embry’s heart break a little every time you flinched away
from him or Paul’s jaw clench with anger any time Jacob spoke to you because in
his mind it was Jacob’s fault for giving you such a poor introduction to
It had torn at rift in the pack, mostly leaving Jacob on his
own even though you tried to insist that you would be fine when you got used to
it all. Embry felt like he was going insane. You’d not let him touch you since
that night in your backyard and a few nights a go they’d caught the scent of
leech a few streets from you and it set him on edge. Any Vampire worth their
sparkles would be able to smell him and the pack, what if they followed that
scent back to you? He’d phased a few times thinking about it.
You were sat at Emily and Sam’s place, as seemed the usual
now, you’d pushed yourself into the corner of a couch and made polite
conversation with the guys with a small, tight smile.
They left you alone as Paul came over and dropped himself down next to you and flopped
his arms out of that his hand landed near yours. He’s been doing this since
you’d found out, so that he could be close to you but only if you were feeling
up to it.
You slipped your hand into his and you could see him visibly
“How’re you doing Y/N?” He asked and ran his thumb along your knuckles.
“It’s hard.” You admitted.
“You seem fine with me.” Paul answered honestly.
“I’m not shackled to you forever.” You mumbled and Paul’s head shot up from
where it was resting back on the back of the coach.
“What are you talking about?” He asked his brow furrowed in
You gave him a bored look, “I grew up with these legends Paul, I know I’m stuck
with Embry and I’ve got to give him babies.
Paul sat up straight and gave your hand a squeeze, “No Y/N
that’s not how it works.”
You gave him a bored look, “What part of any of this screams choice?”
Paul leaned forward and pecked a kiss to your forehead, “Leave this to your
bestest big brother.”
“You’re not my brother Paul.” You laughed softly as he jumped up and started
towards the kitchen, he leaned back over his shoulder laughing, “Yeah I am,
you’re my lil sister and you’ll like it.”
When Paul burst into the kitchen he tried not to laugh at Emily, as small as
she was in comparison, reaching up to brush Embry’s hair to one side in an
effort to make him more presentable.
“You need a serious talk with your girl Em.” Paul advised as he dropped himself
down at the table next to Jared.
“Whats happened ? Is she okay?” Embry panicked almost instantly.
“She’s fine, Y/N’s just being a bit fatalistic about the imprint. Thinks she
needs to be everything for you.” Paul explained and Embry’s face fell.
He’d convinced you to go out with him, Emily was just fixing his hair and then
he planned to take you a walk down the beach and have a picnic that the other
imprints had put together for you both. He figured it would be perfect for you,
an intimate setting where you could both just properly talk but physical
closeness could still be at a minimum to help you stay feeling comfortable. He
kissed Emily’s cheek in goodbye and hit Paul and Jared in the back of the head
as he went to see if you were still up for your picnic.
You’d walked for maybe twenty minutes when Embry broke the
thick silence and suggested you both take a seat. You waited patiently as he
struggled against the breeze to lay down the picnic blanket on the sand, you
couldn’t help but giggle at his attempts and it turned into a full laugh when
he gave you a playful glare over his shoulder. Damn wolf hearing.
You both settled down and the awkward silence rolled back
over you both.
Embry let out a small cough, “So er Y/N, Paul let me know that some things got
lost in translation.”
You didn’t say anything so he got onto his knees and shimmed around, with more
grace than you’d give him credit for, so that he blocked your view of the
“Y/N when it comes to you and me, you’ve got the reins.” He
tried to explain.
You gave him a disbelieving look and he caught your hands in his and ignored
the way that you had to stop yourself from flinching.
“Y/N the imprint can be an amazing thing and yes it does
mean that I love you but,” He swallowed hard, “But you don’t have to love me, I’m
never going to force you to do anything like that. You chose what you need me
to be for you, I can just be a friend if that what you want. Whatever happens,
I will always protect you, that’s a given.”
You let the information wash over you and tried to ignore
the pull on your heartstrings at his words or how the heat from his hands that
held yours seemed to demand attention.
“I don’t know what to say.” You admitted after a moment.
You were free, well not free. But from the legends you’d assumed you were stuck
having to play wife for Embry with no say and no enjoyment on your part. But here
he was telling you that, yes he would love you to be together but his happiness
meant more. You highly doubted that if you started dating someone else that
Embry wouldn’t beat him up but you felt relief none the less.
You looked up at him and it was almost like when you first
met, before you knew about his furry secret identity.
“You never did take me on that date you know.” You started quietly and watched
as his face lit up slowly as though he was worried that you may take it back.
“I’ll get on planning that.” He assured and ran his thumbs over the back of
“As long as you don’t do this.” You teased and took one hand back from him to ruffle
his still styled hair back into the mess that you were used too. He grinned and
leaned forwards to rub his nose against yours with an Eskimo kiss.
“Don’t be adorable, it makes it hard to be disgusted by you.”
You laughed as he continued to rub his nose against you.
“Well in that case.” He laughed as his hands caught your sides so that he could
tickle you as he put his face into the side of your neck and began nuzzling you
making you laugh.
It had been two weeks since you and Embry had your chat on
the beach and things were finally starting to settle for you. You didn’t flinch
around the boys anymore but they were still careful not to get to rowdy near
you in case it got too much. Well apart from Paul who continued to throw you
over his shoulder at any given moment and Embry who always seemed to have an
arm around you or your hand in his.
You and Jake were talking again and things were slowly getting back to normal
between you and your best friend after a brief shouting match were he’d
admitted that he was an idiot. Now you were working on getting the boys to get
back on track with Jacob and he seemed to back on good terms with everyone
apart from Embry who was still being grouchy about the whole thing.
Not that you blamed him.
In your efforts to bring everyone back together you’d even offered to hang out
with Bella so now you were sat at her house, watching Romeo and Juliet making
polite awkward conversation. You were supposed to be going to Sam and Emily’s
to hang out with everyone tonight but Embry had rang in a panic to say it was
all hands on deck as they’d smelt a Leech in the area and he gave you strict
instructions not to move or leave Bella’s unless one of the guys fetched you.
You heard the front door click and raised an eyebrow at
Bella, Charlie wasn’t due home for a while yet.
“Edward has a key.” Bella shrugged, the door opened it definitely wasn’t
Two red eyed men stood in the doorway, “Honey
we’re home.” One grinned.
Everything was a blur then.
Edward and Emmet appeared behind them faster than you could blink and began to
wrestle the men back out of the room, they moved faster than you could follow
You caught Bella by the arm and pulled her back to the edge of the room and
after knocking everything off of a small coffee table next to you held up it up
as a pathetic wooden shield between you both and the fighting.
It was over almost as soon as it started when you heard the growling.
The wolf pack was here. Your chest heaved with breaths that threaten to spur on
a panic attack, you could feel sweat from adrenalin and fear clinging to your
skin and your stomach churched from the sound of ripping clothing and flesh.
You stayed back against the wall using your weight to keep
Bella back as well since she insisted on squirming to try to get towards the
fight, surely this girl had a death wish.
Then you heard Embry shouting and you dropped the coffee table and took tender
steps towards the doorway.
“Do you really think she’d want to see you dude? You’re wearing a dead guy’s
jeans, doesn’t the smell bother you?” Emmet’s deep voice rumbled through the
“I’ll deal with the smell later I need to know that Y/N is alright!” Embry
snarled and you took off running away from Bella and through the doorway. You
ducked underneath Emmet’s arm that he’d been using to block off the doorway and
threw yourself into Embry’s arms.
He locked your arms around you and patted his hands across
you to check for wounds. The Cullen men excused themselves and went to check on
“I was so scared.” You admitted into his chest where you’d
He stroked your hair and continued to murmur that he was there and that you
He took you home not long after and the wolves left the Cullens to fix Bella’s
house or come up with an excuse for Charlie since it turned out to be their
fault. You got out of his truck to find
the rest of the pack waiting outside your house, thankfully all human though they
wrinkled their noses from the smell of Embry’s Jeans.
Leah rushed forward and caught your face in her hands as she
checked you over for injuries.
You laughed and brushed her off before addressing them, “What are you all doing
“We know you’re home alone, figured we’d crash here in case you weren’t feeling
up to being home alone, if that’s okay?” Embry asked and you gave him a small
nod and leaned up to kiss his cheek.
“You got any food in?” Paul asked seriously as he took your
keys from you and made his way into your house.
“Probably only enough to fill you all for only tonight.” You called after him
You’d been left outside with Embry and Jacob, the later went to join the others
inside when Embry caught him and stopped him.
“If you hadn’t caught their trail, we might not have got there in time. Thank
you brother.” Embry gave him an honest smile which Jacob returned and the pair
embraced and for the first time in a long time everything felt how it should.
“Hey Embry you’re supposed to be my boyfriend, not Jakes.” You laughed and the excitable puppy that he
was, as soon was Embry heard the word boyfriend he turned and lifted you up and
span you around while you laughed.