I sat up quickly, disoriented, and then looked up to see Jacob standing over my bed. "Jake, man, hey." I gave a jaw-cracking yawn. "Where've you been, man. I was looking all over the place for you and Leah last nigh. Was it my imagination or did Jacob look distinctly uncofortable. "It's not like you guys to blow off a patrol. What gives?"
I tilted my head and regarded Jake curiously. He was still really in love with Bella, so it didn't make any sense that he would shirk off patrolling the woods for threats from Sam's pack--or beyond. And what about Leah? It was much more likely that she would blow off a patrol than Jake--my sister hated the vampires, and by extension Bella. But that Jake would just be okay with it didn't make any sense.
I shifted my weight from foot to foot and my eyes slid away from Seth's. Seth was cleverer than he looked, and he obviously knew something was up. I just wished I could be sure he'd be okay with it when I told him what, exactly, it was.
"That's what I came here to talk to you about, actually. But we need to see Leah, first. This...this involves both of us, and we though it would be better to tell you to your face. I mean, instead of just waiting until we were all phased."
I could see Seth's brow knit with confusion. I couldn't blame him.
"Come on," I told him, heading to the door. "We'll go find Leah. I'm sorry for all this, but we really need to tell you together.
Seth slowly nodded and went to get dressed. In moments, we were out the door and on our way back to Leah.
I took a deep, calming breath. I hadn't needed to breathe since I was a human, but some habits were hard to break. There wasn't any lie in Leah's thoughts. She truly didn't mean my wife any outright harm. Mind you, if she had her way, she wouldn't be helping us either; her hatred of vampires was palpable. Still, I was reasonably satisfied that she wasn't going to turn on us any time soon. Not as long as Jacob was still set on helping us. Her obvious love for and loyalty to Jacob made that very clear.
I nodded, slowly, keeping her gaze. "We're done here, Miss Clearwater. But keep in mind what I told you. If I think you're a threat I will take you down." Jacob or no Jacob, I wasn't going to take risks with Bella's life. It occurred to me that Bella herself wouldn't be happy with me threatening Jacob's imprint, but that didn't matter. I was much older than Bella, and I knew what I was doing much better than she did.
Still, as much as I disliked this whole situation, I had to admit that one more ally wasn't a bad thing to have. Just as long as she could behave herself. Which I remained doubtful of. Not for the first time, I wished fervently that Alice was able to "see" werewolves. At least then I would have some idea of what to expect.