A Bridge Too Hard to Cross


Kayla's POV

I ran to the window and leaned out, gripping onto the sill until I could feel a small crack. I watched as Aiden hit the ground and phased immediately. The shredded pieces of his clothing floating to the ground as if they were snow as he shook the remains of clothing from his fur.

"Aiden!" I shouted from the window knowing very well that he could hear me. He turned his head and stared at me for a second before turning to run. He soon disappeared into the denseness of the forest. I couldn't decide whether to strip down right here to phase and run after him, or to go downstairs to tell Dad. I decided to go with the latter and shut the window, not locking the latch in case Aiden came back the way he left. He seemed angry, I'd heard him and Dad arguing downstairs but I had no idea what they'd been talking about.

I left his room, closing the door behind me. If I knew Aiden as well as I thought I did, he would be back before dinner. Walking downstairs I saw my dad sitting on one of the couches. His head was in his hands for a few seconds before he let it fall back against the couch. I'd heard both him and Aiden arguing over something. I had my music on, so I only caught the words imprint, and I'm frozen at your maturity level. The argument had to have gone really bad for Aiden just to run off like that. I stopped a few steps away from the couch. He looked towards me with a look that screamed a whole mix of emotions: anger, disappointment, and maybe even some hurt. I looked at him with a poker face expression; I didn't know what else to do.

"Sit down Kayla," his voice was flat, so I couldn't tell what was wrong. I nodded and went to sit next to him. Dad was not the kind of person who would let something small upset him. He was usually joking around and when he wasn't, he still seemed to be in a content kind of mood. I'm not the prying type, most of the time at least, but I needed to know what was going on.

The word imprint sounded in my mind. Maybe they were arguing over something to do with the imprint? Whether it was the one between mom and dad, or the one between Aiden and Ava I wasn't sure. But why on earth would there be a problem with either one? Aiden had started to take interest in Ava before this whole wolf thing, and as far as I'm concerned mom and dad were fine with their imprint. That was the reason Aiden and I were even here. Dad imprinted on mom, they got married and then we came along.

"Dad, what were you and Aiden arguing about?" I asked slowly, the way he'd told me to sit wasn't just a casual thing; no he wanted to have a serious talk with me. A silence passed between us that felt like it was hours long when really, it was only a few minutes.

"I've waited long to tell the both of you this. I should have told you both about this when you became wolves. It's a big part of the reason your brother just left." I stayed silent, I didn't want to talk.

"I never imprinted on your mother, we weren't even together in that way." My head snapped to look at him. He never imprinted on mom? That was impossible; he wouldn't have married her if he wasn't imprinted with her.

"Explain." I kept my voice calm, maybe it wasn't so bad. Hopefully it wasn't.

"Kayla, you remember Renesmee Cullen right?" Of course I remembered her; she was Uncle Seth's imprint.

"I imprinted on her almost twenty five years ago." I kept my mouth shut; there wasn't a thing to say. I was hoping that he took my silence as a sign to go on.

"What really did happen is this, and I feel like crap for not telling you both about this earlier. One night your mom invited me to go to the bar to drink with her. I did, there didn't seem to be any harm in it. We got pretty smashed and well...we did things that if we weren't intoxicated we wouldn't have done." He paused for a moment and then stood up.

"So your mom got pregnant afterwards and when she told me I got angry. I was already imprinted and I didn't want this. I did promise her one thing, I would help raise you and Aiden. During those nine months we got closer. I fell more and more in love with Leah." I smiled weakly at that, at least their love became real. He stopped for a minute to think, probably about what to say next.

"It's true, I left my imprint but even though it hurt like hell now it's worth it. Kayla, I want to make one thing clear: There hasn't been a day since you two were just two cells that I ever thought you and Aiden were mistakes. I may not have imprinted on Leah, but you need to understand that I love her just the same. I don't regret anything that happened, because I got a lot of good out of it." I couldn't believe it. Even though we were unplanned it was nice to hear that we weren't mistakes. I wasn't as angry anymore I mean, sure I was angry about being lied to and all but my anger simmered.

I didn't know what to say. It felt like one of those moments where nothing you can say could make any difference to the situation. He sat down beside and put one arm around me. I smile and leaned into the hug he gave me. I was still angry though.

"Why didn't you tell us before?" My mouth decided to finally start working again. I already got the whole "it's not an easy thing to talk about" thing but, there had to be another reason.

"Well, it's not an easy thing to talk about," I knew it! "Also, both your mom and I wanted to tell you both at the same time. In fact, we were planning on telling you both tonight but that didn't quite work out." He smiled weakly and I returned the smile, but stronger. I think it's safe to say that between me and Aiden, I was the...calmer one, sometimes. I didn't like the fact that I was lied to by my own parents, but their hearts were somewhat in the right place. I still had to ask him something though.

"So is that why you and Aiden were arguing?" I asked even though I was sure that I knew why now. I also knew that Aiden had a temper the size of Canada.

"Pretty much, like I said your mom and I were going to explain this to the both of you tonight. Let's face it; your mom is better at explaining things than I am. I should have expected Aiden to get angry at me, you're angry at me, but I didn't expect him to lash out as much as he did." I nodded still not being able to think of anything to say. This was a lot to think about, not ever knowing that our lives were not always like this. That's why Renesmee sometimes had that sad look in her eyes when she came to visit us. Even though she had Uncle Seth, she still missed Jacob. I bet he missed her too, a lot.

"Dad, would you ever leave mom?" Stupid question, but in this situation not even Uncle Paul and Uncle Seth frolicking through the living room would make it less stupid.

"Never. Kayla, when I asked her to marry me it was because I wanted to be with her. The tug of the imprint between Renesmee and I is still there, it's never going to go away. I fell in love with Leah and despite what she thought; I didn't marry her because I got her pregnant." That answer was good enough for me. Aiden hadn't stuck around long enough to hear that, which was probably why he'd gotten so angry and left. An egg of worry hatched in my stomach, when was Aiden going to come back? I mean yeah I could just phase and find him but would that be such a good idea?

I smelled smoke and shut right up and off the couch. The high pitched beeping sound of the smoke alarm went off next. Dad ran straight to the stove and turned it off; on it was burning sausage. How could anyone burn sausage! Ever since becoming a wolf I'd gotten a huge appetite. I didn't even realise I was hungry until my stomach gave an unsatisfied growl. My Dad gave me a smirk and I narrowed my eyes at him. I was still worried about Aiden, and when he would come back.

"How's about we eat pop tarts instead and then see if we can find Aiden. Sound good?" He asked opening the cupboard and getting out the box of double chocolate pop tarts.

"Alright," I agreed.

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