I don't own Twilight or the characters! Stephanie Meyer owns it all! The song lyrics belong to Imagine Dragons

First off let me say thank you to all the supporters and readers. You guys rock! Thanks for sticking with this story through the long waits, my WTF moments and everything else.

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age

Two Years Later

"Leah Charlotte Clearwater," the dean called out as I walked across the stage. I was graduating with my Associate's in Psychology from North Seattle Community College. I transferred from South Seattle due to adjustment problems. I didn't think I would make it through at times because I got homesick often and I wasn't adjusting like I thought I would. Eventually I met some new people and they were my rock to lean on as I worked my way through school.

My family erupted in cheers as I walked across the stage and shook the dean's hand. He gave me a soft pat on the arm as he called the next name. I swear he had the hots for me because he's always touching me. Too bad I wasn't into the whole male cougar thing. Seth remained standing until I reached my seat. He had to be the loudest of the bunch and howl like an idiot. I could see my mother's hand connecting with the back of his head as I sat down.

"Congratulations Clearwater. We made it," the guy next to me said.

"Thanks, same to you."

"So about that date…." he began.

"I have a boyfriend and he gets really jealous." I smirked.

"I bet I could take him," he scoffed.

"He's a good 6'8 and he's really big. Turn around, he's actually not too far behind you," He turned around in his seat and made eye contact with the guy he thought he could take down. He smiled weakly and didn't say anything else for the rest of the ceremony.

..

"Miss College Graduate," Jacob sung as he knocked on my door. I hopped to my feet and yanked the door open. "Hi," he said throwing me that 1000 watt smile.

"Hi." I wrapped my arms around his neck and gave him a quick peck on the lips.

"When did you become so modest," Jacob asked, pulling me in for another kiss. His tongue slipped between my teeth and we were interrupted by someone clearing their throat. "What the hell are you doing here Uley?"

"Just coming to drop Leah's gift off. Congrats," Sam said, glaring at Jacob who was smirking. He really knew how to get under his skin and it was hilarious.

"Okay wait just a sec." I held my finger up and pulled Jacob's lips to mine. Yep, I was tonguing Jacob down in front of Sam Uley. He kissed Emily in front of me right after he dumped me. Payback's a bitch and I'm her best friend. "Okay thanks." I snatched the gift from his hand. That was my way of giving Sam hell like I said I would when I first joined the pack.

"Yep," he replied curtly. He opened his mouth to say something but ended up turning his back and walking away. He would probably end up calling my mother complaining about my lack of manners. Here lately Sam had become the tribe snitch. Old Quil passed away a year ago and he was trying to take his spot. Every time Jacob made a decision that he didn't like, he would tell the Council. The Council didn't like getting involved in too many pack matters anymore since Jacob claimed his position as Alpha. They stepped back and let Jacob take full control of the pack that was rightfully his. Sam finally snapped and felt threatened by him; therefore he snitched every chance he got. It was very juvenile and I know that it also has a lot to do with Jacob being with me.

Over the course of two years Jacob and I built a strong bond. He came to visit me when he was on break from school and we talked on the phone every day. He listened to me while I complained about not fitting in and he encouraged me when I didn't do well on assignments. It was a relief having someone there to talk to when I couldn't talk to my mother or Seth. He finally earned my trust after many arguments and I decided to give us a go. It wasn't easy for me to give in because I still didn't trust this whole Alpha pair situation. I didn't want to be tied to someone like the imprints were; I wanted to be someone's choice. While I was away at college I read the book Old Quil gave me. It was interesting to know my reason for phasing and being the only female wolf thus far. Supposedly a female phases when a pack is in dire need of leadership. The book never explained how this information was found but it was someone's guess and apparently Old Quil thought it was a trusted source. But all of it made sense once I thought about it. Our pack was a mess and lacked leadership at the time I phased. Sam was just a stand in and his decision making wasn't the greatest because he didn't like to take advice from the Elders. He wanted to prove that he could lead on his own even though we were all fairly new to phasing. We were in a constant battle with vampires and Jacob was fooling around with a vampire lover. The tribe was on the brink of dying at the hands of leeches because we were protecting someone who didn't want to be protected.

Vampires were our natural born enemy; the book stated that any alliance with them wouldn't end well. With a pack on the verge of failing, a female phases to join the Alpha in leadership. It was their (whoever wrote this book) belief that the woman was the back bone of the tribe. Sure the male was the Alpha, but having a female by his side made him that much stronger. That strength came from the Third Wife, although she wasn't a wolf. So I guess I phased to get the pack in order, which clearly didn't happen right away. It took Jacob claiming his position to get the pack straightened out. I wasn't physically there to help him but he called me to get my opinion on certain things and I could appreciate him keeping me involved even though I was trying to stop phasing. I wasn't phasing as much but it was hard to stop due to my temper. Taking yoga classes didn't seem to help and with the stress of school I was unable to fully control my temper. Of course I never phased in front of people but I did have to leave class a couple of times when I felt the familiar waves travel through my body.

Jacob grabbed my hand and led me to the couch. "So what are you going to do now?"

I threw my legs over his and leaned back on the arm of the couch. "I was thinking about going to a four year school to finish out my last two years."

"Back to Seattle?"

"Most likely. What are you going to do now that you're finally done with high school," I asked. He lightly punched me in the arm.

"Remember we had all that pack shit to take care of. No time for school," he replied.

"I know, I was only kidding. At least you finished."

"I'm thinking about picking up a trade and maybe opening my own garage. That little old garage I'm working in now is getting too small."

"They have an automotive program at South Seattle. Look into it. You can go when I leave again in the fall," I offered.

His brows scrunched together in confusion. "You want me to come with you?"

"Sure, why not?"

"Well I guess we'll have more time to ourselves to do some baby making," Jacob laughed.

"Shut up. I don't know about the baby making part right now but I don't mind the sex part one bit," I replied, leaning forward to catch his bottom lip between my teeth.

"Ditto Clearwater. Ditto," Jacob growled before crushing his lips to mine.

..

Three Years Later

Things slowly began falling into place. I felt like I was finally getting my life on track and for once I could say I was genuinely happy. Shortly after I returned to school in the fall, Jacob decided to attend South Seattle to pick up a trade in automotives. Sam had stopped phasing so Seth was next in line to take over as Alpha until Jacob went back home. Occasionally a few vampires ran through the area looking for a place to hunt. Paul and Jared were the next to marry after Sam. They planned to stop phasing soon in order to spend time with their growing families. Paul would probably have the hardest time since he was the most volatile. I only phased twice a week now and my goal was to stop completely in a year. I learned it wasn't easy to stop phasing on the spot and it took a lot control and patience to eventually stop.

Embry was dating a girl from Forks and Quil still thought he was a ladies' man. I didn't expect him to settle down anytime soon. He'll probably die a self-proclaimed ladies' man before settling down with anyone. My mother met a guy at a coffee shop in Port Angeles and they had been dating for six months. I was happy with her dating anybody but Charlie Swan. She quickly cut that off once I scolded her for breaking the golden rule of friendship. You were to never date the best friend of your husband, especially late husband.

"Take the test," Rachel urged, stuffing the box in my hand. She had come to Seattle to visit and to take a break from her three children, Victoria, Tyler and her husband.

"For the last time I'm not pregnant. I don't need to take the stupid test."

"Pleaaaaaaaaaase. I'll shut up if you do it. What's it gonna hurt?"

I snatched the test from her and closed the bathroom door. Five minutes later she opened the door with a grin on her face. "Do I have a niece or nephew on the way? Please say yes!"

"Nope. It's negative. You happy?"

"Darn, not really. I miss holding babies," Rachel pouted.

"Have another one of your own then silly. I'm not into having babies out of wedlock," I winked.

"Ohhhh burn," Rachel replied, slapping my arm.

"What the hell are you two doing," Jacob asked as he walked into the bedroom.

I knocked the pregnancy test on the bathroom floor as Rachel fled. "I'll leave you two to talk."

"What's this about," he asked, eyeing the test on the floor.

"Your stupid sister thought I was pregnant."

"Are you? Are you…pregnant? I mean I guess it's okay but I don't feel like we're…"

"Ugh not you too. It's negative, I'm not pregnant you butt munch," I exclaimed.

"Aww man… I mean that's good," Jacob sighed.

"Don't tell me you were wanting a little munchkin too."

"I was kind of hoping it was positive but we've got time," he replied, wrapping his arms around my waist. "As annoying as you are I hate to admit that I love you sometimes."

"But I'm less annoying than Paul, remember that. I love you too…sadly." And it felt good to love him by choice.

The End

It was my plan to have this done by next week but I finished it early. I had some time on my hands today and thought why the hell not.

Some people complained about Jacob and Leah not being together in earlier chapters. It was always my plan to have them together by the epilogue because this story wasn't a romance story. I put it under the drama/angst category because I didn't want to make their relationship the whole plot of the story. My whole point of this story was to explore Leah's time in the pack from the beginning to the end. It was never explored in the books and I've always been curious about the pack's story. This was just my version of it. This story was about growth and being able to survive without choice (ie imprinting, phasing, etc.). In the end, Leah and Jacob were able to make the choice of pursuing a relationship without the magical force of imprinting. I know everyone won't like the ending and probably didn't enjoy the story. But I can't please everyone as I stated before. Thanks for all the love and support! I really appreciated it all!

Farewell…for now.