Sorry for the delay life got in my way! I really regret not being able to post this before now, anyways here it is. It doesn't seem like anything important but what comes out in this chapter is going to start to shape the rest of the story!
(A month Later)
I can't believe that it's already been on month that I've been living in La Push, it just doesn't seem real. SO much has changed in such a short time, I mean look at me right now I'm setting up my class room because school starts in a couple days; exactly three if I'm being exact. What even more exciting is tonight is going to be my final dance performance before I have to act like a big girl and go to work every day helping to shape the minds of young people. To be honest I was beyond excited!
In the past month Sam and Emily got engaged! I couldn't be happier for them, and what's even better is she asked me to help her plan! I love planning weddings, though I wasn't allowed to help with my sisters. Speaking of my sisters, on a side note I am officially an aunt, and loving it! My new little niece is going to be the most spoiled little girl in the world and I'm not ashamed to say so. There have also been some down sides to the past month, Claire's mom seems to have something against Quil and is threatening to kick Claire out of her house if she doesn't break up with him soon. So we are all trying to find a way to help her if that happens, because she says she doesn't want to burden her Aunt Emily; though I personally think that Emily would be thrilled to have Claire live with her.
I've gotten a lot closer with all of the guys that Embry hangs out with, especially Jared. Jared is just as good of a person as what I always dreamed he would be when I was the swooning little girl in high school; not that all that much has changed, I still want him to want me, even though I know I will never be good enough for him. We see each other almost every day which is making this week especially hard since he is in New York City hashing out his deal with Kristen's mom to get exclusive rights to her spring collection. I can't get over how hard it is for me to be away from Jared, it's like I'm not whole without him right next to me telling me that I'm stressing over nothing, or telling me that I don't have to so worried about what everyone is going to think of me, or like me. I fret a lot and he is very good at calming me down, I'm also very upset that he won't get to see me perform; I dedicated my performance to how he makes me feel in order to make my dances look more believable.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't pretty upset that I wasn't going to have Jared in the audience with everyone else watching me tonight, but I know that he would be there if he could. He is very successful and I want him to be able to continue to be that way, hey! That gives me an idea, maybe I can convince him to let Claire move in there, I will just have to go over and help her occasionally! That would be perfect.
"Kim?" A sad tear-filled voice says pulling me out of my thoughts. I look up and there is Claire with tears streaming down her face, wearing only a pair of spandex shorts and a sports bra.
"Claire? What's wrong?" I ask walking over towards her, having just finished most of the decorating that I had come here to do.
"M-my mom just kicked me out saying that she wasn't going to let any little sluts show up at her house. Apparently one of the girls at school showed her a picture of Quil and I kissing…" Claire said with tears running down her cheeks, "She called me just as I was getting out of practice so when I walked out and saw your car I came running here…"
"Don't worry about it sweetheart we will figure something out. But for now we need to get you dressed, you can borrow something of mine I'm sure I have something in your size." I told her while grabbing all of my things, I had to go home and shower anyways. She was just letting me escape early. "Once we have you clean and dressed we can go to your house and see if your mom will let you have some of your things."
"T-thank you so much Kim! You're the best big sister I never had." Claire said giving me a quick hug before following me out to my car.
We didn't talk much on the way to my place; there really wasn't much to say. Her mother had finally snapped, something that we all knew was coming and now we had to find a place that Claire could stay. Which had become a lot more difficult because Quil lives with Embry and Jacob so there isn't room for her there, I have a one bedroom apartment right now so there isn't much room here, and she doesn't want to bother her aunt Emily because she thinks that she will be causing to much stress when Emily already has to worry about her wedding.
When we got to the house I quickly showed her to the shower before running over to my closet and shifting through everything that I had, hoping that I could find something that she would be comfortable in. I quickly found the pair of black ripped skinnies that she told me she liked, and paired it with a purple tank top and a white tribal cardigan, before grabbing the old UGGs that I never wear and set them on the counter, hoping that would be good enough for her ( kim_saves_day/set?id=140368846) . While I waited for her I decided to pack my dress for after the show when everyone was going out and to grab my pre-show outfit. Not that it was anything glamorous but, that's okay I don't have to look good before I get all made up. I grabbed a basic pair of dark jeggings, a white lace t-shirt, my pale blue scarf and a printed cardigan. Then grabbed my knee high riding boots and deemed the outfit to be acceptable ( kimmy/set?id=140369487).
Not long after I found my outfit Claire came out of the bathroom, wearing the outfit I had picked for her; which not to brag or anything fit her perfectly.
"Kim! This outfit is adorable, thank you so much!" Claire said with a smile.
"It's no problem, we will get you made up so that no one will know anything is wrong in a minute I have to take a super quick shower."
Claire nodded a response and I quickly ran into the bath room and took a shower, once I was done I grabbed her and decided that I was going to give her a simple but elegant side braid. It looked wonderful on her, as well as giving her a more natural look with her makeup. I then quickly did a little makeup on myself as well as pulled my hair into a sleek low pony.
"So, are you ready to go face your mother in order to get your things?" I asked looking at her cautiously.
"Yeah, I look like this isn't bothering me and that is the best way to approach the women." Claire said looking a little sad before shaking her head.
I nodded and quickly grabbed my keys, heading to my car. I knew the way to Claire's very well since I had ridden with Quil to pick her up more than once so we ended up there in almost no time.
"Do you want me to come with you?"
"Please Kim…" Claire said starting to get out of the car. I immediately followed her not, caring what her mom might think of me. I mean come on, if I really wanted to I have the money to buy her little apartment right out from under her ass, not that I would do that but still. Though my main reason for not doing that is I want to be able to afford to buy my future kids all sorts of nice things, which trust me they are going to get, just like I did. Though I will have to teach them the value of money, HELLO EARTH TO KIM!
By the time I was out of my thoughts Claire and I were standing on her front porch after having just rang the doorbell and we were waiting for her mother to answer. I wasn't sure how I was going to help in the situation because I wanted to hit her, how could she do this to her daughter.
"What are you doing here? I thought I told you that you weren't to come here ever again." Claire's mom said opening the door.
"I came to get my clothing. You can't kick me out and not give me anything to wear or have at all mom." Claire said looking her mother right in the eyes, damn she is strong. I am actually really proud of her.
"I bought you all of that stuff so I don't believe that you should be able to have it. By all rights it is my property, and since I have forbidden you from stepping onto my property I would like you to know that you can't have your clothing. You will just have to find another way to care for yourself, you didn't respect me and you knew this would be the consequence. I am done with you."
I stared at Claire's mother in shock, she honestly couldn't be that much of a horrible person. "Ms. Young, you can't honestly be saying that you aren't going to give your child anything to wear? What do you expect her to do, she can find some where to live but not many people will be willing to give her everything that she needs such as clothing and such."
"Don't think for a second I don't know who you are you little bitch!" Ms. Young roared at me, "You are rich enough to own the entire reservation which I wouldn't be surprised if your family already didn't. So if you were truly that worried about Claire you would take her in and buy her everything she need your self. You are just do fucking spoiled and selfish to do so!"
"Please don't swear at me. If I could I would adopt Claire right now and happily take care of her for as long as she needs. I simply ask that you allow her to have some of her own personal possessions. If she needs anything I would be more than happy to buy it for her, I just want her to be comfortable." I said as calmly as possible, she was making a huge mistake by insulting me she just didn't know it.
"You'll adopt her you say?" Ms. Young said looking at me, "If you're willing to take custody of her then I will give her, whatever she claims is hers from her bedroom. I have wanted to get rid of her since she was born, I never wanted to be a parent by Emily just insisted that I do right by my child."
I quickly looked at Claire, "Would you be okay with me adopting you from your mother? I would be more than happy to if it's what you want." I said quietly.
Claire looked close to tears before she looked at me and nodded, "I would love to have you adopt me, I know that you will make sure that I am well taken care of. Mother you can contact Kim with everything it is going to take for me to be placed in her custody. Now if you'll excuse me I am going to go collect my things."
I quickly grabbed Claire's arm before she walked away, "Don't worry about too much. Only take the things you are sure you want. I will buy you anything else that you want or need, we can even start looking for a bigger place tomorrow." I told her with a small smile, and quick hugs before letting her walk off. "As she said you can contact me with everything needed to get custody of her, but if you disrespect me one more time the way you did speaking to me today I will make sure to make your life a living hell am I clear? Claire is a wonderful girl, I love her like she is my own sister and you have just given the key to a lot of money. My father will be thrilled to know that another person has joined our family."
With that Ms. Young and I discussed as civilly as possible what was going to happen in order for me to get custody of her daughter. In no time Claire was back down stairs with two bags worth of her things, which made me wonder if that was all she had or if it was just all that she wanted to bring with her into her new life with me. We didn't speak much as we carried her things to my car or even much at all on the ride back to my place. We both knew we were going to have to tell everyone we just weren't sure how we wanted to address the problem.
"Kim?" Claire called walking down the stairs after setting her things in my room where should would be sleeping for now.
"Yes Claire?" I called back from the kitchen where I was currently making myself some tea.
"Thank you so much for this, you have no idea how much it means to me." Claire said running into the room and hugging me tightly causing me to smile and hug her back. She really was a sweet girl and I was happy to have her living with me, even though that meant I was going to have to find a new place to live…
"It's no problem dear, I'm happy to have you all I want is for you to be happy. Though there is something that we have to talk about." I said leading her to the living room and sitting down.
"What is it?" Claire asked.
"First off, tonight is the last night of my show so I won't be back until late. I am going out with everyone after but I won't stay long you can either go back and stay with Emily for the night or come back here and do whatever until I come home. Secondly we are going to have to find a new place to live so that there will be room for both of us, are you okay with that? And thirdly we will go and buy you anything that you need starting tomorrow." I said with a smile.
"I'll come back here tonight; we can have a late girl's night or something. Are you sure that you want to find a new place to live? I don't want to cause any trouble.." Claire said looking down.
"Sweetheart you won't be causing any trouble at all. Plus I'm sure once my father finds out about what happened you are going to get lot things from him, he likes to spoil people." I say with a laugh, "Well I have to start getting ready to go. I'll drop you off at Emily's, if you don't want to tell her that you are staying with me then you can just tell her that we are having a sleep over tonight, I'll work with whatever you want people to know." I say before smiling and walking off to my room.
I quickly grab everything I need, since most of my stuff that I was going to need was already at the studio. Then washed my face, they would kill me if they had to remove my makeup, also made sure that my hair was brushed and I looked like I hadn't done much to alter my appearance today. The makeup artists they hired for this show were really moody about people not coming to them as natural as possible. I then ran down stairs to find Claire all ready to go holding my keys out to me.
"You know what Claire; your road test is coming up. Why don't you drive over to your aunts house." I say with a smile and walking out to the car.
Claire came running out behind me, very excited. "REALLY? You're going to let me drive?"
I couldn't help but laugh, "If you are going to be living with me which you are. You are going to have to learn how to drive."
Claire smiled at me and ran into the drives side, practically bouncing with excitement. I however wasn't, no one ever got to drive my car and I was starting to regret letting her drive just the short distance to her aunt's house for fear that something was going to happen to the car. I wasn't going to let that show on my face though, so I quietly sat in the passenger seat. I knew she could drive she drove me and Emily in Emily's car just a couple days ago, I was just going to have to trust she would know to be nice to my baby; it cost more than her mother's house.
All of my fretting made the ride to Emily's seem even shorter than it was, because before I even knew it Emily, and Quil were standing on the porch smiling. Faces which quickly turned to shock when they saw Claire getting out of the drivers seat and me the passanger.
"Kim! How come my little Claire bear gets to drive your car but I don't?" Quil whined pouting.
"She likes me more than you Quily-poo." Claire said with a giggle running up and wrapping her arms around him in a hug. Which caused be to smile, she hadn't looked this happy all day. She must really have strong feelings for him.
"I don't have much time to talk sorry guys!" I said with an apologetic look, "Emily, Claire and I are having a girls night tonight so you can drop her off at my place after you guys get dinner after the show if you want."
"Okay that sounds fine with me, I'm assuming you will be back shortly after that?" Emily said looking quickly between Claire and I.
"Yup! I'm going to stop in and see my father since he was a sponsor of the show, then I am going to be coming back home. I don't really feel like going out…"
"Okay that sounds alright to me. I can't wait to see you perform tonight!" Emily said with a large smile and an almost knowing look in her eyes. What could she know though? There is nothing going on and there is nothing that she could know.
"I'll see you after! Thanks for giving Claire a ride to my place tonight!" I said sliding into my car and waving as they turned and walked into the car. Claire stayed behind a minute before blowing me a kiss and mouthing 'thank you.'
Once Claire had walked into the house I quickly put the car in revers and backed out of the driveway quickly on my way to the show. I wasn't nervous tonight, I knew what I was doing and every audience that had seen the show had loved it! I was nervous to see my father however, how was he going to react to knowing that I had just decided today that I was going to take the legal custody over a 16 year old girl? Sure, I have the money to care for her; actually with the job I have at the school I really shouldn't have to dip into my trust fund much at all in order to be able to pay for Claire and I to live comfortably. I am only 22 though; he might think that I'm not mature enough to be able to take care of myself and another person.
I need to stop worrying and focus on the show. I am going to give my last performance for who knows how long. Though I won't be stopping dance since, I was asked to start teaching on the side at a studio in Forks, as well as a position if I so want it at a major dance studio in Seattle where the girls will actually be competing in competitions across the company to the dances that I teach them . I might take up both, or I might take up neither I hadn't truly decided what I wanted to do yet, knowing that I didn't have to give up dance did make me feel better about my choice to move on.
It didn't take me long to get to the theatre and quickly get dressed and ready, well I guess the getting ready took a little while because they had to do my hair and makeup before literally tying me into my costume, it was that tight. It's a good thing that I knew how to dance with pain because damn some of the things that I had to try and do in this dress hurt like hell!
Every member of the troop was down tonight and I could tell, we were all best friends and saying goodbye to each other was going to be one of the hardest things that we will ever have to do. We had all watched each other grow up and in some cases we had even watched them fall in love and get married, it wasn't me I promise! It was actually Tommy, which is why no one worries about the chemistry we have while we are dancing. His wife is wonderful and she actually had me choreograph their first dance after their wedding; her name is Holly, and she actually will tell us when we don't look sexually frustrated enough. I think I am going to miss her the most; she is like my older sister since Kelly my older sister was never there for me.
"Guys I want to say something before we go on tonight!" I yelled stopping all talking that was happening in the dressing room, "I want to thank you all for the best years of my life. You guys have been my best friends and I could never ask for anything more. Tommy, you will always be my best guy friend and I am going to miss people thinking that we are together everywhere we go even when Holly is standing right next to you. Kristen, I know I am going to see you more than the rest of the people here but well I just want you to know that I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you kicking my butt, so thank you I truly appreciate it. Jonny, you are so adorable I just wish you would believe in yourself more." I went on to name everyone in the troop and tell them what I was going to miss about then, "In conclusion I want to ask you guys to help me do one final thing. I want to give the best performance we have ever had tonight. Let's get out there guys!" I said with tears running down my face.
Everyone ran up to me and gave me a huge hug before smiling and telling me that they were going to dance the best they ever have in their lives for me. Well except for Tommy who said he was going to make this performance the sexiest one that we have ever done, god I love that guy; in a completely plutonic way of course my heart belongs to another a tall dark native American other. Shut up Kim, you are not in love with Jared you are just really close to him.
Before I knew it the lights flashed telling up to get to our places on the stage and all personal feelings were pushed aside; it's time for us all to focus and put on a good show for the audience. We ran to all of our places quickly giving each other a small smile to show that we knew that we were going to do great. Then just like that we were off, the show went on just as planned though Tommy most defiantly followed through with his plan I could feel the sexual tension we were portraying and damn it was pretty hot! I guess it's a good thing that Jared wasn't here because you honestly would think that we were together. Just as fast as the show seemed to start the lights dimmed again as the curtain dropped and we were done. I could hear all of the cheering, so I had a huge smile on my face as I twirled out to do my bow, we got a standing ovation!
After bows we all ran out to the back and got changed before grabbing our things and heading outside, where we could sign autographs and take pictures with everyone who came to watch the show, this was always my favorite part. I loved to see all the people who wanted to take pictures or who had something to say. It didn't take long for me to find Emily, Claire and the rest of the gang who made me get a picture with all of them and then each of them individually. We didn't have much time to talk because I had to meet everyone and then Claire and I had movie night plans which I was excited for especially since Quil and Claire were going to be at the house while I was away so she didn't have to be alone. I think it was because Quil just wanted to spend time with her but that isn't the point.
Once I had seen everyone I quickly ran to my car and started to put everything into the trunk. I had flowers as well as all of my dancing things to load into my tiny little car. It was actually probably rather comical to watch me trying to fit everything, this is why I brought it up in multiple trips, I probably should have done the same with bringing it back.
Everything seemed great until I turned around and saw a figure coming towards me quickly. …
There you go guys! I hoped that you like it and I will try to update again soon!