Chapter 32

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* Kathleen *

My first full day back in Forks and I had no idea how to spend it . I guess I could spend it hiding . Yeah , I would probably try that . Danica was out with Embry and it was just me . I decided to stay in my pajamas and sit on the couch . I'd gotten a note from Bella saying she was out with Jacob and so I wasn't worried about anyone showing up on my doorstep . Of course , I wasn't expecting the doorbell to ring . I grumbled and got up , answering it , yes in my moose pajamas . 

" What the hell do you wan----- " I cut myself off when I saw Seth clearwater on my doorstep , looking at me with a chuckle .

I cleared my throat and tried to keep a straight face .

" Can I help you ? " I asked , but Seth broke out laughing and I couldn't help but join in .

" Would you like to take a walk with me ? " he asked .

I looked down at my pajamas . 
" Do you mind if I change first ? " I asked with a roll of my eyes .

He chuckled .
" Not at all . I have all day . "

" Haha . Funny ." I said sarcastically motioning him in .

 He followed me in and then sat down on the couch as I ran upstairs and grabbed some jeans and a t shirt , pulling my hair up in a messy ponytail . I walked back downstairs to see Seth looking at a few family pictures . 

" Ready ? " he asked.

I nodded . 
" Sure . " I said with a shrug .

He nodded and got up grabbing my hands gently , leading me out the door . 

" Where are you taking me ? " I asked him after we'd been walking a few minitues on the edge of the woods . 
" Well , I could show you around the rest of the Reservation . You don't need to worry about running into Danny or Embry because they're in Port Angles seeing a movie and Jacob and Bella are at some bookstore in Port Angles too . Guess I never got the memo.  " he muttered .

I looked down .
" I've love that , Seth . " I smiled .

He smiled . 
" Me too . Come on . " he said , wrapping an arm around my waist .

We walked through the reservation and I couldn't help but feel a little awkward . All of the Native American people were watching me . Not unwelcoming , just sort of ... watching .

" Why are they staring at me ? " I whispered .

He chuckled .
" Because you're pretty . "

I rolled my eyes .
" I really wish people would stop telling me that . "

" Why ? " he asked , shoving his hands in his pockets .

" Because I .... I just don't like it . It makes me feel uncomfortable . " I added .
" But it's true. " Seth stated .
" Look , Seth . Compliments aren't my thing , alright ? " I snapped , thinking about all of the cruel things my father had said to me to make me resent any attention , good or bad . 

He put his hands up deffensively . 
" I-I'm sorry . " he said .

I sighed , feeling bad .
" No , it's my fault .I'm a freak . I get that . Just ... go easy on me . I still don't feel comfortable with this place yet . "

He nodded .
" It's okay. It'll get better . I can help ya if you want . " he offered .
I laughed dryly .
" Seth , everyone lied to me . I don't think you can make that better . "

He sighed and grabbed my hand again , leading me past some shops with beautiful beadwork . Something in the window caught my eye .

" Do you mind if we go in there a moment ? " I asked , tugging on his hand .

He shrugged .
" Nope . Let's go . " he said with a smile . 

We walked in and I walked over to what looked like an antique leather-bound journal with some intercate designs on it . I grabbed it and then saw a beaded blanket . I grabbed the blanket , a few t-shirts and post cards and placed them on the counter . Seth chuckled . 
" Hey now ! I have a friend named Morgan back home who is a sucker for suveniers . " I said , rolling my eyes .

I was about to pay when I saw a beautiful landscape painting . I walked over and grabbed that to .
" And who are you buying that for ? " Seth asked curiously .
" Alek . " I said thoughtfully . 

I paid and we walked out . It took both of us to carrry my bags .and Seth looked over at me , tilting his head to the side . 

" Alek's your friend that called you last night , right ? " he asked .

I nodded . 
" Yeah . "

" So ... you two are close , huh ? " he asked .

I nodded once again .
" Very . He knows everything about me . He's the type of friend that's good at everything . Anywhere from math tutor to prom date . "

Seth paused .
" Date ? "

" Uh ... I didn't mean it the way it sounded . We're just friends . Friendly friends . Very friendly friendly friends . " I said , in a voice that sounded like denial .

Seth shrugged .
" Whatever you say . So .... what's he look like ? "

" He's tall . About 6'2 . He's ... muscular and blonde with pale skin and dark hair . He's got this nice smile and when he's thinking about something , he gets really still . " I said , finding myself explaining Alek's perfection to Seth .

Seth looked at me like I was crazy for a moment and then that expression turned to sad and then back to happy .

" He sounds handsome and nice . " he added .

I nodded .
" You want to see a picture of him ? " I asked him .

He nodded .
" Sure . "

I pulled out my phone and showed him the picture of Alek and I in Alek's convertible as my screensaver .

"Damn . Is that his car ?! " Seth asked ,surprised .

I nodded .
" Yeah . "

He shook his head .
" Wow . "

* Bella *

Jacob and I had gone to the bookstore . I was looking around at the books when Jacob walked up to me .
" Hey , did you know that vampires can prevent sparkling in the sun by wearing a moonstone ring ?" he asked me suddenly . 

I'd never heard that before . 
" No , where did you find that ? " I asked , taking the book out of his hands .

" In this book . It's an old ledgend . " he said .

"I don't think it actually works . "  I added .

He put his hands up deffensively .

" Whatever you say . " he said .

I laughed and we bought our books and walked down the street hand in hand .

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