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Star-Crossed Ch. 12

Author: Me 

Pairing: Leah/Bella 

Rating: PG-13 (this chapter) 

Warnings: None
Summary: After the death of her father, Leah couldn't figure out how anything could get worse, but it does. It seems that just when she's starting to understanding who she is, an event turns her whole life upside down.  Nothing, she believes, is ever going to go her way. Her free will is seemingly taken, but when someone unexpected offers her a choice, she is uncertain of which option to pick. Her life or her freedom?
Author's Note: This chapter is shorter than most, only because if I continued after the last scene it would be too long. Sorry!

Bella stayed put outside of the room Leah was in. Carlisle didn't allow her to go in, but he frequently walked in and out of the room. Every time he did, Bella was quick to ask how the wolf was doing. More or less, it was the same response, "she's making progress." Edward eventually joined Bella, but the brunette remained silent. When Carlisle hadn't exited the room in a while, she turned to Edward, who had been watching her.

"Is Leah okay?"

He scooted closer to her, taking advantage of the fact that Bella was speaking to him. He could hear Leah's heartbeat, so the wolf wasn't dead, but he presumed she wanted him to read Carlisle's mind.

"I still hear her heartbeat, which is a good thing, of course. Carlisle's thoughts aren't too worried, so I'd take that as a good sign too."

Bella was noticeably less stressed after Edward talked to her. She leaned back against the wall and exhaled.

"Do you want me to take you home? It's -"

"No," Bella answered sternly. "I'm not leaving Leah alone."

"She's in good hands. She'll be okay. It's getting late and you should go home."

"No. I'll call Charlie and tell him I'm sleeping over."

Just then, Alice walked by, humming.

"I already called your father, Bella. I didn't need to see the future to know you were going to stay."

"Thanks, Alice," Bella responded, giving the tiny vampire a small smile.

Alice nodded and walked away.

"Well then, you should get some sleep."

Edward reached over to grab Bella's arm and take her to bed, but she wouldn't budge.

"I'm staying here. Until Carlisle lets me go in."

"Bella -"

"No. You can go, but I won't."

"I'll stay with you."

The two remained silent, but eventually Bella started to drift off and Edward stayed behind her as she rested on him. She was too tired to realize she was sleeping on him. The vampire took the opportunity. It had a been a while since Bella let him be next to her while she slept. He missed those moments. He had to admit their relationship was strained, but at least he knew the reason now. He would make sure to keep the flame going. Carlisle stepped out and saw the two. Edward opened his eyes, but Bella was still asleep.

"How is she," Edward whispered.

"She's fighting, that's for sure. She's stable as of now and I'm sure she'll make a recovery. There's only one thing bothering me..." Carlisle trailed off as Bella started to wake up.

"Leah isn't healing as fast as I anticipated. Which is both positive and negative."

Bella looked up at Carlisle, catching his last words.

"Is something wrong?"

"No, no," he shook his head and stepped aside. "Do you want to see her?"

Bella could hear Leah's heartbeat on the monitor and ran inside. The wolf was mostly nude, but still covered throughout her body with white gauze. Some were stained red.

"She's no longer bleeding, don't worry."

Bella's pale hand reached over to touch Leah's still and warm hand.


The wolf's heartbeat got slower at her imprint's touch. Bella's human ears wouldn't be able to pick it up even with the monitor, but Carlisle did and he raised his eyebrows at the finding. He found the whole impriniting phenomena intriguing. He wanted to learn more about it.

Edward noticed the slowed heart rate as well. He watched the two girls from the doorway. He didn't know how to reach to this situation. Could he trust Bella? Was nothing really going on between the two?

"Sh-she's conscious, right?"

"Oh, yes! She's very well aware of you. I wouldn't bet on her to move or speak, however. She's still in pain."

Edward watched as Bella stroked Leah's cheek with the back of her fingers and slightly lean towards her to meet the wolf's only opened eye. The other one had a gauze over it due to how her eyelid was cut open. He saw the brunette smile widely, probably at the action of meeting eyes with the wolf. It was then that Edward believed Bella's words that nothing was going on.

However, she missed something. Nothing was going on between them yet. Yet. Nothing physical to be exact. But something had "happened" between them already. And Bella was obviously not aware of it. An exchange of some sort occured. That constant exchange made them quickly pass the friend stage. No matter how many times Bella said it, she and Leah weren't friends. However, the two weren't lovers either. Not until that physical "something" happened. Edward hoped Leah's accident wouldn't lead up to it.

"Let's go," Carlisle whispered, pulling his son with him out of the room.

In the hall, Edward saw Jasper and called the blond over.

"What is it? Is Leah okay?"

"Yes, but I wanted to ask favor of you."

Jasper nodded, agreeing to be asked.

"Can you show me how Leah and Bella feel about each other?"

Jasper was taken aback by the request. He was suspicous of his sibling.


"I can read your thoughts on it, but I can't feel it. It seems...blissful. I figure I can understand Bella better if I understand her emotions behind everything."

"When Leah gets better, I'll let you know," Jasper lied and walked away, not allowing a response from Edward.

He couldn't do that. He couldn't show his brother how much his girlfriend cared for someone else. And how much Leah loved - she loved - Bella. Jasper himself felt awful knowing he never felt that way towards Alice, nor Alice towards him. He loved that vampire, but it was nothing compared to how much Leah loved Bella.

Bella didn't want Leah to say anything, but the wolf was very much aware of her imprint's presence. The pale brunette kept her fingers laced around Leah's and talked to her. She had already voiced her sorrows and concerns, but she would repeat them.

"Leah, if something had happened during that fight and - and you weren't able to recover, I - I wouldn't be able to forgive myself. Or Jacob."

The female wolf attempted speak, but Bella shushed her softly. She leaned down and placed a chaste kiss on Leah's warm forehead.

"I should probably let you sleep. I've bugged you enough."

Leah, with as much strength as she could in her immobile state, squeezed her imprint's hand and Bella smiled. The wolf didn't want her to leave.

"I'm not leaving. I'm sleeping over. I wouldn't leave you, Leah."

The older brunette's lips curled into a small smile and she shut her eye as she let Bella's hand go. Bella looked around the room to see if there was a chair she could sit on, or rather sleep in, but there were none in sight. She sighed. Where would she sleep? Carlisle entered the room and gave Bella as small smile as he glanced at Leah.

"Here's some more comfortable clothing for you to sleep in," He handed the clothes to Bella and she accepted.

He then went over to Leah and checked to see if everything was okay. 

"Her body burns the morphine quickly." He observed to himself.

"You can't give her anything else?"

"You mean stronger? Or..." He glanced back at the brunette.

"Yeah. I don't want her to be in pain."

Carlisle brought his hands to his mouth and stared down at the ground, obviously thinking. He glanced up at Bella than turned to Leah.

"Perhaps, there is something that would be better."

Bella nodded.

"Can you give it to her?"

"Nope," Carlisle shook his head. "But you can."

"What do you mean?"

"Imprinting, and this is just a guess, is probably heavily based on the hormone oxytocin. I believe that when Leah first saw you, a massive release of oxytocin filled her brain and so she imprinted. Oxytocin is very important to bonding people to the ones they love. It creates attachment. I believe it may also be released whenever you touch her. And maybe, what her body needs right now is your touch."

Bella's eyebrows furrowed at Carlisle's words. Did he want me to touch her?

"Again, this is just a guess, Bella. I don't know if it would make her heal quicker or not feel pain, but I am positive, if my hypothesis is correct, that it will make her feel more at ease."

Bella nodded and looked at Carlisle.

"Do - do I just hold her hand the whole night?"

"That's an option, yes, but I will let you decide which method you find more suiting. See you in the morning."

The blond vampire left before Bella had a chance to respond. She turned to Leah and saw the corner of her mouth was curled up in a smile. Bella chuckled.

"You were listening weren't you?"

A hazel eye sparkled up at Bella.

"Well, close your eye. I'm going to change."

Still smiling, Leah shut her eye and attempted to get some rest again. She was tired and her whole body was aching, but her exhaustion was so great that the pain wouldn't stop her from knocking out. The wolf could barely move, however. It was then that the pain was unbearable. Her eye shot open when she felt Bella's touch on her arm. She made out the pale brunette climb into bed with her. Leah usually would have no problem with that, but this time she was practically nude. And Bella was exposing more skin than usual.

"I'm not cold, in case you're wondering," Bella nervously tugged her shirt down. "And I'm pretty sure these are Alice's clothes."

The bed was too small for the pale brunette to lay completely flat so she laid on her side and hugged the wolf's arm. Leah shut her eye at the contact. She felt better with Bella being at her side. She felt loved and needed. Even if it was Leah who needed Bella more. Her slightly cooler toes met the wolf's warm leg.

"I hope this makes you feel better," Bella whispered and gave the older brunette's shoulder a peck.

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I have no words for this chapter! I just- I just really hate Edward. Haha. But the bed scene! Asdl;lsneuz! They're gonna cuddle!!!!

Lovely graphic by the way! I think I stared at it for near 10 minutes then I remember there was a chapter beneath it and I could no longer not read it. ;]

This is my favorite part of my favorite story!


haha, they'll be more cuddling and fluff in the next chapter. I just had to end it there.

Thank you! haha.

awwww. :D

For the sake of a long fluff scene, I shall allow this monstrosity of cutting it short! Bahahah I'm kidding. I was so happy with this chapter that I didn't even notice the length.

Might I suggest something? I recommend doing a Leah/Rose/sleeping!Bella moment. Bella could have fallen asleep -this scen can be fit in anywhere- and Rose could slip in and have a broken, touching talk with Leah. And by broken I mean Rose totally doesn't know how to say the words and is kind of awkward. Example: "I'm really glad... You're alive or whatever." but more Rose like. Not that I thought about that scene a lot... I was just... Being suggestive. ;] {I hope you don't think I'm over stepping a line! I mean no harm or something!}


lol :P

haha omg I seriously already had a scene like that typed out! So great minds think alike :D You were definitely not over steeping a line! :)

I'm at a loss of words to actually say to this. Don't worry all the thoughts running through my head are good, but damn....you're freaking talented :] And I can't wait for more of this story, you have me hooked :P darn you

thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :D

When should we expect an update? I'm going crazy over here!

okay I have stuff written. I just....haven't posted it. It's rather short so I'm trying to make it longer :/

Whenever you're ready :]

thanks. I managed to add 1000 words last night. So, it'll be a good length when I'm finished.

I can not believe that Sam uses his alpha position thus and forbids Leah to see Bella. And I can not believe that nobody intervened okey a little bit, because of the treaty. But at the moment Edward is quite lower on my favorite list.

I'm just glad that Jasper has not let him feel what they two feel .

I am so excited to see what the talk, I guess yes is still to come, between the Cullens and Bella? I mean what are they saying about it? Rosalie I can already think so;)

and it was so cut that bella say´s that it is not heres but Leahs and her life from now.
I hope you continue to write soon.

thank you! And yes. The cullens will probably chat with Leah. I'm not sure. I haven't written it yet.

I really can't wait to read more. It looks like things are falling into place >: )

I cannot wait till you write up another although I must say waiting succkksss x.x and awwwww to the whole chapter here

sorry. I promise, I PROMISE, to never stop writing this.

i cant wait to read the next chapter

great story!

This story is so great! Most Leah/Bella things that I've read(which are far and few between so props for actually writing one in the first place) are just so cliche and lame, but this is awesome, and the Rose and Leah friendship is beyond genius! :)

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoy the story! It makes me really happy.

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