Sue could tell automatically that there was something wrong. "What's wrong, Leah?"
"Nothing's wrong…well, at least, I don't think so. Seth doesn't think so, either."
Sue, clutching a bag of sugar, looked at Seth. He nodded and smiled.
"Really, mom. It's fine. Leah and I have talked about it. We both agree that this is a good thing. Really."
Sue looked from one child to the next. Then she said, "Leah Clearwater, I swear if you don't tell me, this instant, you will not leave the house for the next decade."
Leah took a deep breath. Seth wrapped an arm around her in comfort. Finally, she said, "Mom… I'm pregnant."
The sugar fell from Sue's hands and fell to the ground, splitting open and spilling its contents on the floor. Leah stared at the white. Sue stared at Leah.
"You're… you're what?"
Leah couldn't speak, so Seth helped out by saying, "pregnant, mom. Leah's pregnant."
"Leah… Leah you're joking."
The old Leah would have stared into her face and spoken defiantly. This Leah, the one with two lives to look after, simply stared at the sugar on the floor and tried not to cry, because no matter how old you are, there's still some part of you looking for mommy's approval.
"No, mom. She's not."
"Leah! Oh Leah, were you thinking? You didn't know for sure you couldn't be pregnant, there's always room for exceptions, you can't just rush in without considering-"
Seth's arm tightened around her, but it wasn't the arm she wanted. She wanted her mother's arm around her, telling her it would be alright, because no matter how confidant she seemed, inside she was tearing herself apart with worry and doubt and she needed somebody to tell her it would be okay. So she wrenched out of Seth's grip and ran to her room, trying to concentrate on not crying.
Almost immediately after she slammed the door she started crying, clutching her pillow, rocking back and forth.
It wasn't long before Sue came in.
She sat on the bed and put a hand on Leah's head. Almost immediately Leah caved into her, longing for her mother's embrace to let her know she wasn't making a terrible mistake. Sue stroked her hair and rocked her until Leah's tears had quieted.
"Seth told me everything. Why didn't you tell me about you and Jacob, Leah?"
She sniffed. "Because I knew it would end. And it did."
"Leah… why did you be with him, if you knew he would leave?"
"It wasn't supposed to mean anything, mom."
"But it does."
Fresh tears poured down her face. "I don't want to talk about Jacob, mom."
"Alright, Leah, what do you want to talk about?"
"Are you mad?"
Sue shook her head. "No, Leah, I'm not mad. Shocked, certainly. Worried. But not mad. I'm sorry for how I reacted. But I've gone so long thinking you couldn't even bear children, and here you are saying that you're pregnant, and with Jacob Black!" She cut off. Leah shifted.
"I know it's been hard for you, Leah. But do you really think this is the time? You have your whole life ahead of you."
"Mom, is there ever a right time to have a baby? When you were pregnant with me, you had just been promoted! You could be in some big city now, with hundreds of employers in your care, but you went through with the pregnancy. It's not exactly like I'm going anywhere with my life right now."
Sue nodded, still stroking Leah's hair. It was starting to make Leah sleepy.
"I suppose you're right- about there never being a right time. I just want to make sure this is what you want."
"Yes, mom, this is what I want. It's not necessarily the situation I imagined, but this is what I want."
Sue nodded, then kissed Leah's head. Suddenly she got up off the bed.
"God, then we have so much to do! We have to find a room, we can probably clear out that room where we keep all the laundry, I think, and we can paint it and decorate and-"
Leah laughed, getting up and hugging her mom. All of a sudden Sue stopped.
"Oh God, Leah, I'm going to be a grandmother. I'm too young to be a grandmother."
Leah snorted. "I hate to break it to you, mom, but you're really not."
Sue looked at Leah. "Oh yeah?" Then she lunged at Leah, chasing her around the room until Seth barged in.
"What the hell are you two doing?"
Leah and Sue exchanged looks, and then they both lunged at Seth, who, despite being a boy, strong, and a werewolf, was no match for the other werewolf (albeit pregnant) and the woman (albeit older).
Next up is Emily.