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Imprinting: The Mating Imperative by LJ Summers
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What's a guy to do when he finds that biology has determined his life's partner?  Whether or not he wants to be, he is instantly drawn to his imprint.  He is hers, body, mind, heart and soul.




This is not a comfortable process for strangers or near-strangers.


This series is intended to explore the imprint as a mating imperative. A biological necessity that prompts a werewolf to devote himself to his imprint in a bond that transcends romance and infatuation.  




The imprint will be explored through the non-canon pairings of Embry Call and Bella Swan as well as the imprinting of Jacob on another character and Leah Clearwater on Charlie Swan!

Categories: AU
Characters: Embry
Parent Series: None
Stories: 9
Series Type: Closed

The Hardest Part by LJ Summers Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 138]
Summary: Feature

Imprinting is a mystery. It brings together two people who might not have even considered one another in any way whatsoever.  My interpretation of this relationship holds that it is, overall, a mating imperative to assure the strong propagation of the "shape shifting" gene. 

When Embry Call imprints on Bella Swan, he finds that the hardest part of being a werewolf might be something he hadn't even considered.

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Excerpt from Chapter One:

Wide brown eyes met mine and I gasped. I felt my arms fall out of their protective stance. All the pieces of my life took a few steps back, distancing themselves from the girl who had suddenly become the center of my universe with a jolt that left me breathless.


Categories: New Moon, AU Characters: Embry
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 5 Completed: Yes Word count: 27178
[Report This] Published: October 10, 2009 Updated: November 02, 2009

Summary: Feature

When Edward left Bella (entirely for her own good!), he broke her, ripping an emotional and psychological hole in her that took time to heal.

In my story The Hardest Part, we read how Bella is paired with Embry Call, Jacob Black's best friend, and how she becomes his mate. His imprint. His other half.  But we don't hear how she felt about it all, really.

This intrigued enough of my readers that they asked me to bring out Bella's perspective of this story.  In my view, the imprint is the best thing for Bella in this AU, and in Becoming Whole, I hope to show why this is so. Why a relative stranger with an instinctive commitment to her could patch the holes Bella carried with her.




Categories: New Moon, AU Characters: Bella
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 10 Completed: Yes Word count: 15533
[Report This] Published: November 04, 2009 Updated: November 25, 2009

Summary: Feature

Imprinting.  It's a mystical bonding for a werewolf and his mate.  More than just identifying a soul-mate, the imprint is meant to promote a strengthening of the shapeshifting bloodlines for each imprinted male. 

It is, according to Sam and Emily Uley, a mating imperative.  The sanity of the male is tied to the proximity of his mate.  This is not always convenient...

But it can be interesting!  Just ask Embry Call and Bella Swan.



Excerpt from chapter two:

I moistened my lips – nervous, but knowing he would kind of need me to get the ball rolling, so to speak, because he would never want to rush me.  Especially not this weekend.  “Were they good dreams?”


“Would you tell me about them?”

He almost choked.  “Isabella!”  A tremor passed through his body, but I knew it had nothing to do with that inner wolf and everything to do with the man that he was.  “No,” he murmured.  “But I can show you...”


Categories: AU Characters: Bella
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 5 Completed: Yes Word count: 12814
[Report This] Published: November 25, 2009 Updated: December 04, 2009


In my Imprinting: The Mating Imperative series, the reason for the imprint is for procreation.  In the story The Imperative, Bella Swan and Embry Call...act on that imperative.  I just gloss it over a little.


Here, written as gifts for my friend valelf and beta'd by the beauteous Phoenix Rising, are two of the moments that Embry and Bella experienced on their Big Immersion Weekend.  They are not dreams -- unless they're dreams come true. ;-)

If you haven't read The Hardest Part or Wolf Girls, 101, you might want to, just to avoid confusion...

Categories: AU Characters: Embry
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 2 Completed: Yes Word count: 3751
[Report This] Published: May 09, 2011 Updated: May 19, 2011

Summary: Feature

The Wolfpack is growing and the phenomenon of imprinting is spreading more broadly than anticipated! 


To help out the new imprints, Emily Uley – newly wed First Imprint – is putting together a little guidebook.  Written for introductory and reference purposes, Wolf Girls 101 is intended to provide insight, perspective and humor to the view a new imprint might have of her position and of her werewolf.

Excerpt from Chapter 1:

An imprint is the person upon whom the werewolf fixes, biologically.  It is a mystical connection as well as a biological one, but we believe it is mostly for the purpose of procreation.

Yes, having children.  Scary as it may be to even consider letting these guys with their games and strange sense of humor reproduce... It is the underlying purpose of the imprint.

Categories: AU Characters: Emily
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 8 Completed: Yes Word count: 9532
[Report This] Published: December 14, 2009 Updated: January 10, 2010


Imprinting. Is it a blessing or a curse?  Jacob Black couldn't tell you.  So far, imprinting has been responsible for a whole lot of heartache, from what he can see and what he's experienced.

If you have been reading my Imprinting: The Mating Imperative series, then you'll know just where he's coming from.

If you have not, I would highly recommend you read at least The Hardest Part and Wolf Girls 101 from that series before diving in here.  Don't worry, Jacob will still be here when you get back.

Categories: AU Characters: Jacob
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 10 Completed: Yes Word count: 32563
[Report This] Published: April 03, 2010 Updated: July 13, 2010


Part of the Imprinting: The Mating Imperative Series, this is the imprint story that will rock the pack AND you!

If you have not yet read Wolf Girls 101, then you really need to do that. Like, now.

If you are familiar with the series, then this is the story that had you, my wonderful readers, sending me !!!!s galore.

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Excerpt from Chapter Four:

To my surprise, Bella Call chuckled and claimed one of her children from Embry's arms. "You are so gonna need my help, Leah. Are you going to phase for him?"


What was it with everyone trying to get me naked and furry in front of Charlie Swan?


Categories: AU Characters: Leah
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative, Leah in Love
Chapters: 7 Completed: Yes Word count: 25451
[Report This] Published: April 10, 2010 Updated: July 01, 2010


As Alpha and First Imprint, Sam and Emily Uley know better than anyone that the imprint is a mating imperative, for the strong continuation of the werewolf gene in their tribe. 

A few years have passed since Embry Call imprinted on Bella Swan, and the Calls have children, as have other imprinted pairs.  Sam and Emily have yet to fulfill this mating imperative.

Here then, by request, is the story of the fulfillment of a dream. Rated for a spritz of lemon.

Categories: AU Characters: Sam
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 3999
[Report This] Published: July 01, 2010 Updated: July 07, 2010


For the Fandom Gives Back: Breaking Dawn compilation. In my Imprinting, the Mating Imperative AU, I explore the different imprinting experiences of the Quileute wolf pack. This is the story of Seth, the last wolf to phase in his generation, and his imprint, Embry and Bella's daughter, Hantaywee.


Categories: AU Characters: Seth
Series: Imprinting: The Mating Imperative
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 5122
[Report This] Published: December 16, 2011 Updated: December 22, 2011



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