1. You gave it all, gave into the call
You took a chance and
You took a fall for us

You came thoughtfully, loved me faithfully
You taught me honor, you did it for me

Tonight you will sleep for good
You will wait for me my love

Now I am strong (Now I am strong)
You gave me all
You gave all you had and now I am home 
Chapter 8

Derek

He dosed a couple times, but mostly he focused on her heart beat, soft and steady, and strong. He felt Marie relax and her heart slow, just as a small snore left her lips. He had to try not to laugh as he looked down and noticed drool leaking out of her mouth, he grabbed his phone and looked for the time. Ten thirty, defiantly time to go, don’t want to push his luck. He gently slid out from under her and put his shirt back on, he pulled her blanket over her shoulders and pressed his lips to her forehead.

“Good night.” He whispered as made his way out of the room. Suddenly, he heard a moan and he turned to look at her.

“St- stop…” Marie cried barely louder then a whisper for human ears. “Stop it.” She commanded louder this time. He could only imagine what Marie was dreaming of.

He made his way out to his truck and got in the cab. Marie’s scent still filled his car from earlier today and sent desire racing though his body. He couldn’t get the idea of someone hurting her out of his head and it was driving him mad, he wanted to tear that jerk apart! What kind of person would do that to someone? It was a good thing he didn’t live close. He pulled onto the long road to his house and rolled down the windows letting the crisp air rush around him. He wished he could drive down this road for hours, with the cool breeze in his face, Marie on his mind. He pulled into his trucks usual spot and sleepily made his way to the house.

Quietly, he stepped though the doorway and started up the stairs. He turned for his room and stumbled onto the bed, too lazy to get up and take off his clothes, he kicked away his jeans and pealed off his shirt, leaving him in his boxers. He blindly searched for his blanket and pulled it over his shoulder and sank in the arms of sleep.

He and his family were running through the forest, but it was different, he was closer to the ground some how. He looked down and suddenly saw black paws, wolf paws, he snapped his head up and each of his family members had turned into wolves, actual wolves! His dad, currently a very large charcoal black wolf, was at the head of the pack and was leading the group though the woods when they broke into a open field and the full moon saturated the forest around them. As if they were one unit, he and his family sat on their haunches and bayed at the moon. He had this feeling, this need for something that wasn’t there, they were looking for something, someone. Without warning his dad took off, everyone trailing behind him. Derek ran beside them and suddenly he could smell something wonderful, absolutely divine. It was cinnamon, and snicker doodles  and something else…Marie! He snapped his head to the right and saw the most exquisite light gray wolf running next to him and knew it was her. Suddenly, something changed, they were getting…blurry? Slowly, each figure began fading and eventually disappeared and he was alone. He lifted his head and howled, hoping for a response, but heard nothing.

Derek opened his eyes and looked around, he was still in his house…he must have been dreaming. He hated dreams that ended with him being alone. He shook away the cloud of loneliness and stretched out on his bed again hoping for sleep, but didn’t have any luck. Laying in bed, couldn’t help but think of Marie. It seemed like she was all he thought of lately, he wished she was there with him, but he knew it was only a few more hours until he could hold her. He felt insane for falling for someone so fast, but something about it was so right, so natural. Being with her was so easy, like it was meant to be. He remembered hearing his grandpa talking about how his grandma was his “mate” and that only the lucky ones actually find the person they were meant for. But he was only in high school, there was no way he could have gotten so lucky…was there? 

He closed his eyes for what felt like a second, but when he opened them the sun shone through his window and his alarm blared. Thirty short minutes later the engine of his truck roared into the parking lot of Beacon Hills High. He made his way into the building and could already smell hints of Marie’s alluring scent. Marie stood at her locker and flashed a smile as he caught her eye.

“Good morning.” Marie greeted as she continued to smile. The light coming through the large windows played off Marie’s blonde hair and made her shine. He looked into her eyes and noticed how tired she looked and wondered what she was dreaming of last night. 

“Good morning beautiful.” Marie reached inside his leather jacket and wrapped her arm around his waist, resting her head slightly above his chest. He wrapped his arms around her shoulders and held her tight against him, breathing her in.

“How did you sleep?” he asked, Marie adjusted her chin to rest on his shoulder and smiled. 

“I had a nightmare, but its nothing I’m not used to.” Marie explained. It was probably only a couple of minutes, he swore it felt like longer, that he stood there with Marie, feeling her body against his, and loving it. This was different then all the times he’d imagined sex with her, this was more then lust, but it scared him shitless to think I could be love. He laced his fingers through hers and they started down the hall to class.


~~~

Marie 

She sat, completely focused on what was on TV, and heard her mom shuffling around in the other room.

“Marie! Help me clean!” Her mom shouted.  

“Whaaat?” She yelled back. Still focused on the show.

“Help me!” Her mom replied louder. She rolled her eyes and turned off the television. As she walked by the kitchen she caught the time, wow seven o’clock already. 

“Mom, its fine, they wont mind. Its not that messy any way.” Just as she finished her last word the door bell rang. “Too late.” She said as she swung open the door. Tess smiled and stepped inside, clutching a large pink duffle bag. Mrs. Hale stepped in behind her and waved at Marie’s mom.

“Hey, I hope I’m not early.” Tess asked Marie as she looked around for the other girls. Marie’s mom raced over and took Mrs. Hale’s hand.

“Hi, it nice to finally meet you, I’m Ann Nichols.” Her mom greeted.

“Katherine Hale.” Tess’s mom explained. She watched as their moms started talking about work and the economy, she nudged Tess and grinned.

“Here, come put your stuff down in my room.” Marie offered and led her to the end of the short hall, she hoped Tess wouldn’t think anything of her sparsely decorated room. “Here it is, in all its glory, pretty boring.” she laughed as they walked in.

“No, I like it, its cute.” Tess replied as she swung around and took in the beige walls with no decorations. Tess sat down on Marie’s bed and yawned, “Where’s your dad?” Tess asked innocently. Marie looked down and sat next to her on the bed.

“He’s…incognito…” Marie whispered playfully as she waggled her eyebrow. “Nah, he lives in San Francisco.” She answered.

 Tess nodded, acknowledging her, and got up to walked to the door. “I think someone’s here, come on..” Marie didn’t hear anyone, but seconds later the doorbell rang again. She followed an eager Tess to the door and saw her mom letting in Katy, followed by her parents.

“Hey, come put your stuff down.” Marie offered. They all went back into the room and sat on her queen sized bed. Katy curiously looked around her room.

“Where’s Bridget?” Katy question.

“Oh, she cant make it, she got and extra shift at work. But maybe another time.” She explained to her friends as she leaned back casually on her pillows. “How’s Dylan?” She asked Tess.

“He’s good, we had a fight though. He just, he can be so pushy sometimes, ya know?” Katy and Marie looked at each other knowingly and grinned.

“Yeah, we know.” They both answered.

“But enough about her, tell us about you and Derek!” Katy chirped. Marie rolled over on the bed in embarrassment.  

“Did you guys eat dinner yet, we were gunna order pizza.” She suggested nervously, trying to change the subject and glanced at Tess looking for help.

“Oh no, you don’t get off the hook that easy!” Katy said with a grin. “Come on, you are dating the guy every girl in this school, and not in this school, would die for.”

“Uhhh.” Marie let out a large huff. “Come on, I, I don’t want it to be awkward for Tess…” 

Tess let out a laugh, “Oh I’m fine, believe me I’ve heard worse.” 

“Phfft! Fine, but later… Who do you like Katy?” She questioned, genuinely curious. She noticed a blush sprinkle over one of her best friends cheeks as Katy looked at the ground. 

“I know who she likes!” Tess burst, she instantly slapped her hand to her mouth and gasped. 

“What?! Who? Who is it?” She begged.  Tess giggled and pointed at Katy accusingly.

“It’s…” Katy started, with both hands over her face, “Josh.”

“Awww! You guys would be so cute together!” Marie said. They both stared at Katy.

“And he’s on the baseball team with Derek.” Tess teased, with an enormous grin spread across her face. Marie realized how hungry she was and looked over at Tess just in time for her stomach to let out a huge growl.

“So, do we want pizza?” Marie asked.

“Yeah sure, I’m starving actually…I could eat as much as Derek does, and that’s saying something.” Tess joked. They walked out into the living room and into the kitchen. Marie grabbed the phone and looked at Tess.

“Do you know the number for Domino’s?” 

“Yeah, here.” Tess grabbed the phone and typed in the number and gave it back.

“Do you guys want pepperoni?” Both girls shook their heads in obvious agreement. While she made the order Katy and Tess made their way into the living room and scanned the movies on the shelving. Katy pulled out Titanic and popped it in the DVD player. 

“I haven‘t seen this movie in years.” Marie mentioned as she plopped on the couch. Thirty minutes later, just as the plot was thickening, the door bell rang and all three jumped to their feet and ran to the door. Marie swung it open and reveled Josh standing with two pizzas that radiated heat.

“Josh.” She laughed as she slowly turned her head and smirked at Katy.

“Ma-Marie, you live here? Hi, Katy…and Tess. Um, its gunna be ten twenty nine.” Josh answered slowly. She noticed him glance at Katy every couple of seconds and get this goofy grin on his face. Was this what her and Derek looked like on the outside? Maybe she would try and contain her joy more often. She handed him the cash and took the pizza.

“Well…I guess we’ll leave you two alone.” She said as she winked dramatically to Katy and dashed into the kitchen with the pizza. She whipped out the plates and piled three on hers. She turned to look at Tess and smiled.

“I regret nothing.” She chuckled as she returned to the couch.

When the movie was almost over Marie stared and watched as Jack made Rose promise to survive. She didn’t know if she could do that for Derek. Watch him die and then promise to survive, she wouldn’t know how. She turned and looked at Katy just in time to catch two tears fall down her cheeks.

“Katy, are you crying?” she wondered aloud.

“N-no.” She said with a sniff. Marie let out a quiet laugh and focused on the movie again,. When it was over the girls wandered back to Marie’s room and curled up together on the bed. The lights were off, but the light from the moon shone in, giving each girl a pale blue tint. The three girls laid long ways on the bed Tess and Marie on the outside and Katy shoved in the middle. Tess stared out the window into the woods that came up to the back of her house and Katy turned and looked at Marie.

“So, you said you’d spill later. Its later…” Katy prodded.

“What do you wanna know?” she asked.

“Is he  good kisser?” Katy asked excitedly. Marie looked down and laughed a little.

“Yes…” she chuckled and tried not to look in Tess’s direction. 

“Hmm. Is there sparks, like you know what I mean?” Katy kept on.

“Yeah I know, and yeah there are. Its crazy it like every time he touches me, I’m being electrocuted, I can hardly think around him.” Marie confessed. 

“Awww.” Katy began as a word but half way through it became a yawn. She laid her head down and smiled. “I’m gunna sleep, good night guys.” 

“Yeah me too, good night.” Marie whispered as she laid her head down. She snuggled into her pillow and was out.

She stood in a doorway that looked into an ally. She knew she was at Jacobs place, down town San Francisco and only about ten blocks from her dads. The yellow light from the street lamp only covered a section of the ally, leaving the rest pitch black. She could hear the gravel crunching as someone approached out of the darkness and looked up to see Jacob. Her heart jumped with his handsome smile, but something was different about his eyes. Even though they were black, they were usually full of depth, but these seemed flat somehow, different in a way she couldn’t place. He sauntered over to her and kissed her rough on the mouth. He put his face to her ear and chuckled.

“Lets go inside…” He whispered. He took her hand and pulled her through the doorway. She looked around, it was just like she remembered, every piece. He grabbed her waist and kissed her again, she let him take control as he kissed forcefully. She could feel him pushing her as he kissed down her neck and they stumbled onto his bed, him heavy on top of her. He was being more forceful then he usually was, which had her worried. She knew she should tell him to stop soon. She laid under him as he continued violently kissing her, he brought his hand to her waist and she cringed away as his fingers tried to find their way up her shirt.

“J-Jacob not tonight, not yet.” She managed through kisses. She thought he would stop, but he didn’t. “Jacob.” She struggled under him and pushed him away with one hand, the other he had pinned above her head. She yanked to get it loose and he pressed harder, hard enough to badly bruise a human. She moved her head away from his mouth roughly and he kissed down her neck. 

“Jacob!” He was so heavy on top of her she felt like she would suffocate. He kissed her lips again, shoving his tongue in her mouth, stealing her air. He reached for his pants and undid them, kicking them away and she could feel him hard against her. All of the sudden she realized exactly where this was going. She struggled under him but he was so heavy, she couldn’t get free.

“Come here baby doll.” He cooed, as if he were about to make love to her instead of rape her. He reached upward and grabbed her free hand and pinned it with the other, she fought him with everything she had but it wasn’t enough. In the back of her mind she couldn’t help but kick herself for going for a guy who could bench 300 and was 200 pounds of straight muscle. She was so angry, how could he do this! She fucking trusted him! She felt his hands pealing away the only barrier between them and she couldn’t handle it! No! this couldn’t happen! But they were almost gone and she couldn’t get away…

Suddenly a red haze clouded her eyes and rage overtook her soul. She wrenched her arms away from him and growled. She grabbed his shoulders and pushed away as hard as she could, lifting him off of her and rolling him onto the bed. 

“What the fuck!“ He yelled. She straddled him, no longer afraid, and punched him as hard as she possibly could in the nose. His eyes watered and he let out a loud yell, she jump away and grabbed her pants and ducked out the door. She ran on the glass littered streets of San Francisco bare foot and didn’t feel a thing. She didn’t know how fast she was going and she didn’t care who saw her, the only thing she currently gave a fuck about was getting home. She busted open her dads door and looked in at her father on the couch. The expression he wore was one of horror, she looked around and realized she must look like shit. Besides her complete lack of pants, her hair was wild from all the struggling. She turned and looked in the mirror next to the door, and saw two glowing eyes that she couldn’t decide were more purple or pink…

“Marie?!” Her father yelled, she turned her head back to him, but it felt like slow motion. She felt his arms wrap around her as her knees gave out and she felt safe, completely protected. She closed her eyes as she listened to him shout her name again, she went into the sleep she longed for.

~~~

Monday afternoon:

“Do you want me to stay until your mom gets home, I don’t think my mom would care, especially if I told her you were alone.” Derek asked her in a voice that flowed down her ears like magic. She loved when he was feeling protective.

“You don’t have to stay that long. Are you sure she’s even ok with this, I mean, she knows we’re alone…” She asked, wondering why Derek’s mom would be so lenient. She laced her fingers through his free hand as he drove to her house and she turned the air conditioning vents on them. 

“Well, I uh, sort of told her we were also watching Lauren…” Derek explained, she noticed him glancing between her and the road trying to figure out if that was ok.

“So, you lied about my little sister for our advantage?” she asked skeptically. 

“Yes…” Derek admitted.

“This is why I like you.” She laughed with a grin as she pecked his cheek and scrunched her nose when his whiskers scratched her. She sighed and laid her head on his shoulder. They pulled up to the house and she led him inside. Once in the house, she went strait to her room and through her things in the corner.

“You can put you stuff down with mine, we can study after a little break.” She whipped around and accidentally walked right into him. She jumped back and hit her ankle on her bed frame and lost her balance. Derek’s hands gripped both sides of her waist and steadied her, as he pulled her up against him. She could hear her heart pounding in her ears and was caught off guard by the sudden closeness. She stood in front of him next to her bed and looked into those eyes. She felt like someone was squeezing her heart when she looked into them. She looked down at his lips and smiled, his lips were so perfect. She glanced up to his eyes again only to catch them focused on her. She was frozen by his stare, as if his green eyes held her to the spot she stood instead of gravity. Suddenly, there was a warmth  in her stomach and she wanted nothing more then to feel Derek’s lips on hers. He must have been feeling the same, because at that moment she watched as he leaned in to kiss her.

Marie could feel the air thickening as he got closer and she ached for that kiss. Derek’s nose was barely not touching hers when she noticed him pause…it was her move. She lingered there, savoring the excitement her body was flooding with, and barely brushed her lips on his. Tingles shot throughout her body and there was electricity in her brain, frying her rational thoughts. She pressed her lips to his this time, feeling him on her, and getting high from it. Derek put more pressure on her hips as she kissed him harder, faster. She could feel him pressing into her and wanted more, craved it like a drug. 

As she kissed him she brought her hands to his shirt and lifted slowly as Derek watched and kissed her cheeks. He was beautiful, his stomach was toned and lean and his shoulders were strong and safe, she felt so safe. Derek kissed her nose and unbuttoned her shirt, taking his time with each button, and revealed her bra. Her eyes bore into his as she felt him take her waist and lower her onto her bed. He supported himself on his forearm with one arm and his other hand was hooked under her jaw and caressed her neck with his thumb. She couldn’t help but smile as he laid his lips on hers and let out a quiet moan. She almost protested when Derek stopped and looked down at her body. She noticed a blush on his cheeks directly before he planted a sweet kiss between her breast and trailed down her stomach. He set fire to her body, the flames crawling from her low stomach up to her face, she felt as if she was melting under the heat. With each breath on her skin the fever only intensified and drove her closer to insanity. She felt like her body would combust with desire. Derek brought his face back to hers, lightly kissing her lips and making his way down her jaw line to her neck, and he gently sucked where her pulse was the strongest.

“You are…” He started, completely breathless, “so beautiful…” Derek kissed down her neck to her collar bone, starting a new fire. “So beautiful it hurts…”.  She too, was out of breath and instead of responding, she let her hands go where they pleased and find the button of his pant that she unbuttoned and unzipped. Derek quickly kicked away his pants and pressed into her. She wanted to so badly, every fiber of her being begged her rationality to throw caution to the wind but she couldn’t find it in her to give her virtue away just yet. 

“Derek…” She whispered in a tone that conveyed her thoughts. She brought her hands around and ran them through his hair. Derek looked deep into her eyes, desire ramped. He put his lips to her ear, lightly tickling her.

“Oh, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied…?” Derek mentioned in a voice that almost unraveled her decision. He must have remembered Shakespeare was her favorite.

“What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?” She pleaded with him, knowing he would not take forcefully, not matter how it pained him. She trailed her fingers down his back and around to his front, tracing every crease of his abdomen. Derek gently rocked into her, and she held back a moan as he sent her over the edge. She could feel him hard against her and decided to give him some satisfaction. She brought her hand lower and slipped it beneath his boxers. She touched him and enjoyed every trace of pleasure across his face as he breathed heavily against her neck. She looked up to see Derek’s jaw slung open from pleasure and his eyes, not the familiar green, but vibrant blue. In an instant she knew what he was, and that he could turn any second.

“Derek?!”

    You gave it all, gave into the call

    You took a chance and

    You took a fall for us

    You came thoughtfully, loved me faithfully

    You taught me honor, you did it for me

    Tonight you will sleep for good

    You will wait for me my love

    Now I am strong (Now I am strong)

    You gave me all

    You gave all you had and now I am home 

    Chapter 8

    Derek

    He dosed a couple times, but mostly he focused on her heart beat, soft and steady, and strong. He felt Marie relax and her heart slow, just as a small snore left her lips. He had to try not to laugh as he looked down and noticed drool leaking out of her mouth, he grabbed his phone and looked for the time. Ten thirty, defiantly time to go, don’t want to push his luck. He gently slid out from under her and put his shirt back on, he pulled her blanket over her shoulders and pressed his lips to her forehead.

    “Good night.” He whispered as made his way out of the room. Suddenly, he heard a moan and he turned to look at her.

    “St- stop…” Marie cried barely louder then a whisper for human ears. “Stop it.” She commanded louder this time. He could only imagine what Marie was dreaming of.

    He made his way out to his truck and got in the cab. Marie’s scent still filled his car from earlier today and sent desire racing though his body. He couldn’t get the idea of someone hurting her out of his head and it was driving him mad, he wanted to tear that jerk apart! What kind of person would do that to someone? It was a good thing he didn’t live close. He pulled onto the long road to his house and rolled down the windows letting the crisp air rush around him. He wished he could drive down this road for hours, with the cool breeze in his face, Marie on his mind. He pulled into his trucks usual spot and sleepily made his way to the house.

    Quietly, he stepped though the doorway and started up the stairs. He turned for his room and stumbled onto the bed, too lazy to get up and take off his clothes, he kicked away his jeans and pealed off his shirt, leaving him in his boxers. He blindly searched for his blanket and pulled it over his shoulder and sank in the arms of sleep.

    He and his family were running through the forest, but it was different, he was closer to the ground some how. He looked down and suddenly saw black paws, wolf paws, he snapped his head up and each of his family members had turned into wolves, actual wolves! His dad, currently a very large charcoal black wolf, was at the head of the pack and was leading the group though the woods when they broke into a open field and the full moon saturated the forest around them. As if they were one unit, he and his family sat on their haunches and bayed at the moon. He had this feeling, this need for something that wasn’t there, they were looking for something, someone. Without warning his dad took off, everyone trailing behind him. Derek ran beside them and suddenly he could smell something wonderful, absolutely divine. It was cinnamon, and snicker doodles  and something else…Marie! He snapped his head to the right and saw the most exquisite light gray wolf running next to him and knew it was her. Suddenly, something changed, they were getting…blurry? Slowly, each figure began fading and eventually disappeared and he was alone. He lifted his head and howled, hoping for a response, but heard nothing.

    Derek opened his eyes and looked around, he was still in his house…he must have been dreaming. He hated dreams that ended with him being alone. He shook away the cloud of loneliness and stretched out on his bed again hoping for sleep, but didn’t have any luck. Laying in bed, couldn’t help but think of Marie. It seemed like she was all he thought of lately, he wished she was there with him, but he knew it was only a few more hours until he could hold her. He felt insane for falling for someone so fast, but something about it was so right, so natural. Being with her was so easy, like it was meant to be. He remembered hearing his grandpa talking about how his grandma was his “mate” and that only the lucky ones actually find the person they were meant for. But he was only in high school, there was no way he could have gotten so lucky…was there? 

    He closed his eyes for what felt like a second, but when he opened them the sun shone through his window and his alarm blared. Thirty short minutes later the engine of his truck roared into the parking lot of Beacon Hills High. He made his way into the building and could already smell hints of Marie’s alluring scent. Marie stood at her locker and flashed a smile as he caught her eye.

    “Good morning.” Marie greeted as she continued to smile. The light coming through the large windows played off Marie’s blonde hair and made her shine. He looked into her eyes and noticed how tired she looked and wondered what she was dreaming of last night. 

    “Good morning beautiful.” Marie reached inside his leather jacket and wrapped her arm around his waist, resting her head slightly above his chest. He wrapped his arms around her shoulders and held her tight against him, breathing her in.

    “How did you sleep?” he asked, Marie adjusted her chin to rest on his shoulder and smiled. 

    “I had a nightmare, but its nothing I’m not used to.” Marie explained. It was probably only a couple of minutes, he swore it felt like longer, that he stood there with Marie, feeling her body against his, and loving it. This was different then all the times he’d imagined sex with her, this was more then lust, but it scared him shitless to think I could be love. He laced his fingers through hers and they started down the hall to class.

    ~~~

    Marie 

    She sat, completely focused on what was on TV, and heard her mom shuffling around in the other room.

    “Marie! Help me clean!” Her mom shouted.  

    “Whaaat?” She yelled back. Still focused on the show.

    “Help me!” Her mom replied louder. She rolled her eyes and turned off the television. As she walked by the kitchen she caught the time, wow seven o’clock already. 

    “Mom, its fine, they wont mind. Its not that messy any way.” Just as she finished her last word the door bell rang. “Too late.” She said as she swung open the door. Tess smiled and stepped inside, clutching a large pink duffle bag. Mrs. Hale stepped in behind her and waved at Marie’s mom.

    “Hey, I hope I’m not early.” Tess asked Marie as she looked around for the other girls. Marie’s mom raced over and took Mrs. Hale’s hand.

    “Hi, it nice to finally meet you, I’m Ann Nichols.” Her mom greeted.

    “Katherine Hale.” Tess’s mom explained. She watched as their moms started talking about work and the economy, she nudged Tess and grinned.

    “Here, come put your stuff down in my room.” Marie offered and led her to the end of the short hall, she hoped Tess wouldn’t think anything of her sparsely decorated room. “Here it is, in all its glory, pretty boring.” she laughed as they walked in.

    “No, I like it, its cute.” Tess replied as she swung around and took in the beige walls with no decorations. Tess sat down on Marie’s bed and yawned, “Where’s your dad?” Tess asked innocently. Marie looked down and sat next to her on the bed.

    “He’s…incognito…” Marie whispered playfully as she waggled her eyebrow. “Nah, he lives in San Francisco.” She answered.

     Tess nodded, acknowledging her, and got up to walked to the door. “I think someone’s here, come on..” Marie didn’t hear anyone, but seconds later the doorbell rang again. She followed an eager Tess to the door and saw her mom letting in Katy, followed by her parents.

    “Hey, come put your stuff down.” Marie offered. They all went back into the room and sat on her queen sized bed. Katy curiously looked around her room.

    “Where’s Bridget?” Katy question.

    “Oh, she cant make it, she got and extra shift at work. But maybe another time.” She explained to her friends as she leaned back casually on her pillows. “How’s Dylan?” She asked Tess.

    “He’s good, we had a fight though. He just, he can be so pushy sometimes, ya know?” Katy and Marie looked at each other knowingly and grinned.

    “Yeah, we know.” They both answered.

    “But enough about her, tell us about you and Derek!” Katy chirped. Marie rolled over on the bed in embarrassment.  

    “Did you guys eat dinner yet, we were gunna order pizza.” She suggested nervously, trying to change the subject and glanced at Tess looking for help.

    “Oh no, you don’t get off the hook that easy!” Katy said with a grin. “Come on, you are dating the guy every girl in this school, and not in this school, would die for.”

    “Uhhh.” Marie let out a large huff. “Come on, I, I don’t want it to be awkward for Tess…” 

    Tess let out a laugh, “Oh I’m fine, believe me I’ve heard worse.” 

    “Phfft! Fine, but later… Who do you like Katy?” She questioned, genuinely curious. She noticed a blush sprinkle over one of her best friends cheeks as Katy looked at the ground. 

    “I know who she likes!” Tess burst, she instantly slapped her hand to her mouth and gasped. 

    “What?! Who? Who is it?” She begged.  Tess giggled and pointed at Katy accusingly.

    “It’s…” Katy started, with both hands over her face, “Josh.”

    “Awww! You guys would be so cute together!” Marie said. They both stared at Katy.

    “And he’s on the baseball team with Derek.” Tess teased, with an enormous grin spread across her face. Marie realized how hungry she was and looked over at Tess just in time for her stomach to let out a huge growl.

    “So, do we want pizza?” Marie asked.

    “Yeah sure, I’m starving actually…I could eat as much as Derek does, and that’s saying something.” Tess joked. They walked out into the living room and into the kitchen. Marie grabbed the phone and looked at Tess.

    “Do you know the number for Domino’s?” 

    “Yeah, here.” Tess grabbed the phone and typed in the number and gave it back.

    “Do you guys want pepperoni?” Both girls shook their heads in obvious agreement. While she made the order Katy and Tess made their way into the living room and scanned the movies on the shelving. Katy pulled out Titanic and popped it in the DVD player. 

    “I haven‘t seen this movie in years.” Marie mentioned as she plopped on the couch. Thirty minutes later, just as the plot was thickening, the door bell rang and all three jumped to their feet and ran to the door. Marie swung it open and reveled Josh standing with two pizzas that radiated heat.

    “Josh.” She laughed as she slowly turned her head and smirked at Katy.

    “Ma-Marie, you live here? Hi, Katy…and Tess. Um, its gunna be ten twenty nine.” Josh answered slowly. She noticed him glance at Katy every couple of seconds and get this goofy grin on his face. Was this what her and Derek looked like on the outside? Maybe she would try and contain her joy more often. She handed him the cash and took the pizza.

    “Well…I guess we’ll leave you two alone.” She said as she winked dramatically to Katy and dashed into the kitchen with the pizza. She whipped out the plates and piled three on hers. She turned to look at Tess and smiled.

    “I regret nothing.” She chuckled as she returned to the couch.

    When the movie was almost over Marie stared and watched as Jack made Rose promise to survive. She didn’t know if she could do that for Derek. Watch him die and then promise to survive, she wouldn’t know how. She turned and looked at Katy just in time to catch two tears fall down her cheeks.

    “Katy, are you crying?” she wondered aloud.

    “N-no.” She said with a sniff. Marie let out a quiet laugh and focused on the movie again,. When it was over the girls wandered back to Marie’s room and curled up together on the bed. The lights were off, but the light from the moon shone in, giving each girl a pale blue tint. The three girls laid long ways on the bed Tess and Marie on the outside and Katy shoved in the middle. Tess stared out the window into the woods that came up to the back of her house and Katy turned and looked at Marie.

    “So, you said you’d spill later. Its later…” Katy prodded.

    “What do you wanna know?” she asked.

    “Is he  good kisser?” Katy asked excitedly. Marie looked down and laughed a little.

    “Yes…” she chuckled and tried not to look in Tess’s direction. 

    “Hmm. Is there sparks, like you know what I mean?” Katy kept on.

    “Yeah I know, and yeah there are. Its crazy it like every time he touches me, I’m being electrocuted, I can hardly think around him.” Marie confessed. 

    “Awww.” Katy began as a word but half way through it became a yawn. She laid her head down and smiled. “I’m gunna sleep, good night guys.” 

    “Yeah me too, good night.” Marie whispered as she laid her head down. She snuggled into her pillow and was out.

    She stood in a doorway that looked into an ally. She knew she was at Jacobs place, down town San Francisco and only about ten blocks from her dads. The yellow light from the street lamp only covered a section of the ally, leaving the rest pitch black. She could hear the gravel crunching as someone approached out of the darkness and looked up to see Jacob. Her heart jumped with his handsome smile, but something was different about his eyes. Even though they were black, they were usually full of depth, but these seemed flat somehow, different in a way she couldn’t place. He sauntered over to her and kissed her rough on the mouth. He put his face to her ear and chuckled.

    “Lets go inside…” He whispered. He took her hand and pulled her through the doorway. She looked around, it was just like she remembered, every piece. He grabbed her waist and kissed her again, she let him take control as he kissed forcefully. She could feel him pushing her as he kissed down her neck and they stumbled onto his bed, him heavy on top of her. He was being more forceful then he usually was, which had her worried. She knew she should tell him to stop soon. She laid under him as he continued violently kissing her, he brought his hand to her waist and she cringed away as his fingers tried to find their way up her shirt.

    “J-Jacob not tonight, not yet.” She managed through kisses. She thought he would stop, but he didn’t. “Jacob.” She struggled under him and pushed him away with one hand, the other he had pinned above her head. She yanked to get it loose and he pressed harder, hard enough to badly bruise a human. She moved her head away from his mouth roughly and he kissed down her neck. 

    “Jacob!” He was so heavy on top of her she felt like she would suffocate. He kissed her lips again, shoving his tongue in her mouth, stealing her air. He reached for his pants and undid them, kicking them away and she could feel him hard against her. All of the sudden she realized exactly where this was going. She struggled under him but he was so heavy, she couldn’t get free.

    “Come here baby doll.” He cooed, as if he were about to make love to her instead of rape her. He reached upward and grabbed her free hand and pinned it with the other, she fought him with everything she had but it wasn’t enough. In the back of her mind she couldn’t help but kick herself for going for a guy who could bench 300 and was 200 pounds of straight muscle. She was so angry, how could he do this! She fucking trusted him! She felt his hands pealing away the only barrier between them and she couldn’t handle it! No! this couldn’t happen! But they were almost gone and she couldn’t get away…

    Suddenly a red haze clouded her eyes and rage overtook her soul. She wrenched her arms away from him and growled. She grabbed his shoulders and pushed away as hard as she could, lifting him off of her and rolling him onto the bed. 

    “What the fuck!“ He yelled. She straddled him, no longer afraid, and punched him as hard as she possibly could in the nose. His eyes watered and he let out a loud yell, she jump away and grabbed her pants and ducked out the door. She ran on the glass littered streets of San Francisco bare foot and didn’t feel a thing. She didn’t know how fast she was going and she didn’t care who saw her, the only thing she currently gave a fuck about was getting home. She busted open her dads door and looked in at her father on the couch. The expression he wore was one of horror, she looked around and realized she must look like shit. Besides her complete lack of pants, her hair was wild from all the struggling. She turned and looked in the mirror next to the door, and saw two glowing eyes that she couldn’t decide were more purple or pink…

    “Marie?!” Her father yelled, she turned her head back to him, but it felt like slow motion. She felt his arms wrap around her as her knees gave out and she felt safe, completely protected. She closed her eyes as she listened to him shout her name again, she went into the sleep she longed for.

    ~~~

    Monday afternoon:

    “Do you want me to stay until your mom gets home, I don’t think my mom would care, especially if I told her you were alone.” Derek asked her in a voice that flowed down her ears like magic. She loved when he was feeling protective.

    “You don’t have to stay that long. Are you sure she’s even ok with this, I mean, she knows we’re alone…” She asked, wondering why Derek’s mom would be so lenient. She laced her fingers through his free hand as he drove to her house and she turned the air conditioning vents on them. 

    “Well, I uh, sort of told her we were also watching Lauren…” Derek explained, she noticed him glancing between her and the road trying to figure out if that was ok.

    “So, you lied about my little sister for our advantage?” she asked skeptically. 

    “Yes…” Derek admitted.

    “This is why I like you.” She laughed with a grin as she pecked his cheek and scrunched her nose when his whiskers scratched her. She sighed and laid her head on his shoulder. They pulled up to the house and she led him inside. Once in the house, she went strait to her room and through her things in the corner.

    “You can put you stuff down with mine, we can study after a little break.” She whipped around and accidentally walked right into him. She jumped back and hit her ankle on her bed frame and lost her balance. Derek’s hands gripped both sides of her waist and steadied her, as he pulled her up against him. She could hear her heart pounding in her ears and was caught off guard by the sudden closeness. She stood in front of him next to her bed and looked into those eyes. She felt like someone was squeezing her heart when she looked into them. She looked down at his lips and smiled, his lips were so perfect. She glanced up to his eyes again only to catch them focused on her. She was frozen by his stare, as if his green eyes held her to the spot she stood instead of gravity. Suddenly, there was a warmth  in her stomach and she wanted nothing more then to feel Derek’s lips on hers. He must have been feeling the same, because at that moment she watched as he leaned in to kiss her.

    Marie could feel the air thickening as he got closer and she ached for that kiss. Derek’s nose was barely not touching hers when she noticed him pause…it was her move. She lingered there, savoring the excitement her body was flooding with, and barely brushed her lips on his. Tingles shot throughout her body and there was electricity in her brain, frying her rational thoughts. She pressed her lips to his this time, feeling him on her, and getting high from it. Derek put more pressure on her hips as she kissed him harder, faster. She could feel him pressing into her and wanted more, craved it like a drug. 

    As she kissed him she brought her hands to his shirt and lifted slowly as Derek watched and kissed her cheeks. He was beautiful, his stomach was toned and lean and his shoulders were strong and safe, she felt so safe. Derek kissed her nose and unbuttoned her shirt, taking his time with each button, and revealed her bra. Her eyes bore into his as she felt him take her waist and lower her onto her bed. He supported himself on his forearm with one arm and his other hand was hooked under her jaw and caressed her neck with his thumb. She couldn’t help but smile as he laid his lips on hers and let out a quiet moan. She almost protested when Derek stopped and looked down at her body. She noticed a blush on his cheeks directly before he planted a sweet kiss between her breast and trailed down her stomach. He set fire to her body, the flames crawling from her low stomach up to her face, she felt as if she was melting under the heat. With each breath on her skin the fever only intensified and drove her closer to insanity. She felt like her body would combust with desire. Derek brought his face back to hers, lightly kissing her lips and making his way down her jaw line to her neck, and he gently sucked where her pulse was the strongest.

    “You are…” He started, completely breathless, “so beautiful…” Derek kissed down her neck to her collar bone, starting a new fire. “So beautiful it hurts…”.  She too, was out of breath and instead of responding, she let her hands go where they pleased and find the button of his pant that she unbuttoned and unzipped. Derek quickly kicked away his pants and pressed into her. She wanted to so badly, every fiber of her being begged her rationality to throw caution to the wind but she couldn’t find it in her to give her virtue away just yet. 

    “Derek…” She whispered in a tone that conveyed her thoughts. She brought her hands around and ran them through his hair. Derek looked deep into her eyes, desire ramped. He put his lips to her ear, lightly tickling her.

    “Oh, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied…?” Derek mentioned in a voice that almost unraveled her decision. He must have remembered Shakespeare was her favorite.

    “What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?” She pleaded with him, knowing he would not take forcefully, not matter how it pained him. She trailed her fingers down his back and around to his front, tracing every crease of his abdomen. Derek gently rocked into her, and she held back a moan as he sent her over the edge. She could feel him hard against her and decided to give him some satisfaction. She brought her hand lower and slipped it beneath his boxers. She touched him and enjoyed every trace of pleasure across his face as he breathed heavily against her neck. She looked up to see Derek’s jaw slung open from pleasure and his eyes, not the familiar green, but vibrant blue. In an instant she knew what he was, and that he could turn any second.

    “Derek?!”

     
  2. totally reminded me of chapter seven!!

    totally reminded me of chapter seven!!

     
  3. My heart beats faster when I’m with you
'Cause I know that you would want me to
I swear to hell I’ll never leave
Cause I know one thing
Love is all we need

Chapter 5

Marie

Her mind fuzzed as she kissed him and breathed him in slowly. Suddenly she felt his lips leave hers, she snapped open her eyes and saw his, the size of half dollars, staring at Tess, staring at them. Marie turned back to see Derek’s shocked face mouthing “quiet” to Tess. She stuck out her hip and eyed him, rubbing her fingers and thumb together implying he’d have to pay her off. Marie watched as Derek stood and left the room, going around the kitchen. Then Tess looked at Marie, pursed her lips, and smiled.

“Are you mad?” Marie mouthed from the living room.

“No, I guess not.” Tess mouthed back. 

Marie started breathing again, the last thing she wanted to was to upset Tess. Just then she saw Derek grab Tess’s wrist and yank her to another part of the house. She strained to hear what they were saying but couldn’t over the crackling bacon. She inched into the kitchen, and wondered if Mrs. Hale knew what was going on, and if someone would tell her.

“Something wrong?” Tess’s mom asked as she continued to scurry around the kitchen fixing a meal that seemed enough to feed an army.

“No, I’m fine, why?” Marie was shocked that she had picked up on her hint of worry, strange that she would notice a change.

“No reason.” Mrs. Hale shrugged and moved to stir eggs and flip bacon.

“Oh, no, just sleepy I guess.” Marie replied. 

The sun coming through the windows was gradually growing brighter. The beams warmed her back and she admired Mrs. Hale’s beautiful deep brown hair. She was very pretty and stood almost as tall as Marie, eye level maybe. She hadn’t paid much attention to the details of their family last night, due to certain distractions, but now she saw how Tess and Derek looked like their mom in their own special ways. Tess looked the most obviously like her, but you could see her in Derek’s expressions. Derek, however, looked strikingly similar to his father. Same broad build, same sharp features, and the same green eyes that reminded her of the forest. She wondered how she’d gotten so lucky. Tess strolled into the room and sprang onto the stool next to her. Meanwhile, Derek walked into the living room and stretched out on the couch changing the channels to the TV. She looked inquisitively at Tess and was answered with a shrug. What did Derek say? Was Tess mad at him? Would this change his mind? She had to know. 

“Hey mom, can I have some of that?” Tess asked.

“Well good morning to you too.” Her mom replied as she slid a plate full of eggs and bacon under Tess’s nose and walked away with it.

“Moooommmaa pleassse.” Tess whined in response to the teasing. 

“Ok, ok, ok.” she laughed as she laid the food in front of her.

“So, how did you girls sleep? You weren’t cold were you?” questioned  Mrs. Hale.

“No mom.” Tess answered.

“No, no we weren’t cold Mrs. Hale, it was fine.” 

“Well good, we couldn’t have our girls turning to popsicles now could we?” Mrs. Hale laughed. Marie watched as Alex, Chloe, and Ann walked around the corner bickering and talking loudly. They grabbed a plate of food and continue into the living room where they fought over the remote until Derek snatched it from Alex. Bean, however, stuck her head around the wall, and peaked into the kitchen mischievously.

“PSST! PSSST,” said the little girl, trying to get their attention. Tess, Marie, and Mrs. Hale all stared at Bean, wondering what she was doing.

“Momma. Psst! Moooommmaa. I smell food.” She said in hushed tone.

“Well baby, that would be because I’m cooking food.” her mom deadpanned, trying not to chuckle.

“Is it for us? Can we eat it?!” She said excitedly as she hopped out from behind the wall. 

“Yes, this is for you. Come and get some before it gets cold!” 

“Yaaay! Yum, yum, yuuuum, yummy!” she sang as she sprung out, right in front of Mrs. Hale with both hands out stretched. She looked at Marie and Tess an shook her head.

“I swear, I do feed her.” She joked as she turned to finish cleaning up the food. Marie wished she had a sister like that- all she had was Lauren, who was always out somewhere doing something with no one she cared about. She wondered if Tess and Derek knew how lucky they really were. They walked into the living room and sat on the couch with everyone. After ten minutes of bickering they finally decided to watch Hercules on nick toons. When the movie was over Marie elbowed Tess.

“Tess, lets go upstairs.” Marie said, hoping for answers. They practically ran up the stairs and into Tess’s room. The girls bounced on Tess’s bed and laid on their backs, until she sat up and grabbed Tess by the shoulders.

“What did he say? What did you say?” Marie demanded.

“Why are you asking all the questions?! I’m the one who ran in on you and my brother! Wait, what about that guy, the one you said you liked a couple weeks ago? Was that Derek?!” Tess said with accusing eyes.

“Um, yeah, I guess so.” she let out a laugh as she rubbed the back of her neck with a sheepish look on her face. “But I didn’t know it was your brother at the time.”

“Wow, so is it like you guys just kissed, or what?” She didn’t know how much to tell, she didn’t want to make trouble for Derek.

“Well, he asked me out for next Friday, but I don’t know what that means really.” 

“I can tell you it means something, he hardly ever asks girls out, he must really like you. Wow.” Really?! She couldn’t believe it, he was so good looking! He could have any girl!

“Tess what did he say to you?” Marie halfway begged.

“Oh, nothing important, don’t worry, he just asked me to keep it on the down low until things are for sure.”

“For sure? What does that mean?” Oh crap, what if he just wants someone to fool around with? What if he wants it on the down low because he isn’t sure he really likes her enough?

“Nothing bad, I know my brother way better then I wish I ever did, and I know he likes you. Unfortunately that’s what sixteen years in the same house will do to a person.”  Tess mumbled sarcastically.

“Oh, ok…good.” Marie said softly as she sat on Tess’s bed next to her. She looked down at her phone and allowed the anxiety to find its way to the surface.

“You really like him don’t you…”Tess asked as she leaned over and saw her face.

“Yeah, I really like him…” Marie sighed. Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. The pair searched crazily for the offending device before they missed the call.

“Hey mom.” Marie said breathlessly, surprised to hear from her, sure her mother would be busy at work.

“Hey Marie, I need you to come home by noon alright? You have chores you haven’t finished.”

“Ok, are you still at work?”

“Ya, I’m sorry Marie, I don’t think I’ll get home until six or seven, can you make dinner again tonight?”

“Ya, its cool, see you when you get home…” she said, disappointed.

“Thank you, love you sweetie.” Her mom rushed.

“Lov-” Click. And like that her fairy tale was over. Oh well, even Cinderella had to go home sometime, right? She looked at her phone clock and sighed, 11:39. Might as well leave now. 

“Hey, Tess can you give me a ride home?” Marie asked.

“Now?” Tess’s said a little confused.

“Ya, I have chores to finish.” She stood and picked up her bag.

“Sure, come on.” She gathered her things and they went down stairs. As they walked into the kitchen she caught Derek’s eye and couldn’t help but smile.

“Hey mom, can I give Marie a ride home?” Tess asked.

“What happened to helping me with lunch?” Her mom answered as she looked up to the girls and motioned to the food engulfing the counter.

“Well I-”

“I can take her.” They all turned as Derek walked in and took Marie’s bag. “I don’t mind, really.”

“Well, that could work, ya ok,” Mrs. Hale said slowly, “Is that ok Marie?” Mrs. Hale asked.

“Ya that’s fine.” She said coolly, trying as hard as she could to contain her excitement.

“Lets go.” Derek said with a smile. As he walked out of the kitchen and to the front door, she walked behind him and loved the way he held himself full of confidence, the way his hips swung just the slightest bit and the way he looked in the sun. He turned his head, smiled at her, and let a little laugh slip before he turned to put her bag in the bed of a small Chevy truck and open the door for her.

“Thank you.” she said as she tried to hide her blush.

“You’re welcome.” He jogged around the front end and jumped in the drivers seat. When he started the old Chevy, the engine roared and a good layer of dust from the hood rose up and sank to the ground.

“I like the truck, is it yours?” she asked, curious if he would appreciate something so unique.

“Ya, I just bought it. You have no idea how long it look me to save up enough even for this. One day I want a really nice car, but right now this will do perfectly.” She stretched her denim covered legs out in front of herself and yawned. 

“What kind?” Marie wondered out loud.

“Oh, something nice, I’m not really sure yet though. What about you? If you could have any car, what would it be?” 

“A corvette. I love corvettes.” she answered. 

“What about places, what’s your favorite place?” he asked. She looked over at him, and thought about what place made her happiest.

“I would have to say San Diego, I went a couple years ago and loved it. I love the beach, and the people, the ocean, its all so beautiful. I’ve wanted to go back, but I haven’t had the chance.” She made a mental note to try and go sometime this summer.

“That’s cool, I love the beach, we used to go a lot when I was little. We still go in the summer sometimes.” Marie noticed herself scooting closer to him and decided it was so she could hear better. They came to a stop light and he turned and looked at her.

“Are you cold? Here you can have this.” He said as he started taking off his jacket.

“No, its ok. Thank you though.” Just then the light turned green. 

“Hey, what do you wanna do on Friday? How’s a movie?” he asked.

“That would be awesome, thanks, how bout six?”

“It’s a date.” He replied with a warm smile. They pulled up to her house she hopped out of the truck and grabbed her bag from the back.

“I coulda done that.” Derek said, walking around to the side of the truck and leaning his back on it.

“Oh, I forgot.” Marie said, feeling a little embarrassed. “Your mom did a good job teaching you how to treat a lady.” She told him as she slid close enough for their arms to touch.

He reached down and grabbed Marie’s hand, melting the skin where they touched, and brought it to his face. “Well, you see, she told me if I ever wanted to get to know someone better, to act like a gentleman, and they’d want to know me too.” He kissed her hand and smiled. 

“See yyou at school…” she managed, as she tried desperately to remember how to breathe.  He grinned and walked back to the drivers side, and like that, he was gone.

Marie felt like lightning had struck her, melting the souls of her converse to the concrete. She trudged to the door, clinging to that moment with all of her will. She unlocked the door and threw her bag on the floor before she leaned on the wall and slip to ground and let out and enormous sigh of happiness.

~~~

Derek

He pressed her hand to his lips before he smiled and walked back to his car. He laughed as he drove away, and he couldn’t believe he was actually pulling this off. He pulled into the driveway with and enormous grin and walked into the house feeling like he was miles high.

“Well, well, well.” Laughed Mrs. Hale as he walked into the kitchen. “Look who’s all smiley.”

“Shut up mom…” he said sheepishly.

“Hmmmm.” she said as he walked out. 

He went up to his room, sprawled himself on his bed and let his imagination loose. Knock. Knock. Knock. Derek rolled off his bed and walked to the door. 

“Hey.” he said to his dad.

“Hey wanna go with me on a run?”

“Yeah, sure, couple a minutes.” Derek said.

“Ok, I’ll be outside.” 

Derek changed into some running shorts and a work out shirt and walked down stairs and out to the porch. He jogged over to his dad and they started on their way. He ran behind his dad for about three miles, trying to catch up, before they stopped by a creek. His dad chuckled and laced his fingers together around the back of his head.

“Almost 45 and I still beat you.” his dad teased.

“Pshhh. I so let you win. I could win if I wanted.” he scoffed. He walked over to some rocks by the creek bed and sat down.

“So who is this girl your mom was trying to tell me about?”

“God, does anyone not know my business?! You cant hide anything in this house.” 

“Well it is full of werewolves, I’m not surprised… So?”

“It’s Tess’s friend. The one who slept over last night…” he confessed. “I mean, I liked her before that, but I kinda made a move today, I asked her on a date for next Friday. I don’t know what it is about her, I just feel this pull, like I’m just so happy around her, for no reason, she just brightens the room and I can‘t help but…feel like I’m falling for her.”

“Hmm, interesting…” He said as he nodded his head and got some water. “You be careful ok? I trust you… wait no I don’t, just be careful.”

“Don’t worry dad, I wont get anyone pregnant.”

“Well, I wasn’t worried about that, but now that you say so-”

“Dad, it will be ok. I’m being a gentleman, no one’s heart will be broken, and no one will get pregnant, I promise.”

“Ohhhh kaaay.” his dad laughed.

“I bet I can beat you to the house.” taunted Derek.

“I bet you can’t!” And they both took off, running at full speed and dodging around trees to get to the house before the other. Not even breaking a sweat Mr. Hale bounded on the porch making a loud thump.

“I told you I could beat you!” he scoffed.

“What ever! I just…got a cramp. Hey, can Josh come over?” Derek asked.

“I don’t see why not.”

“Cool, thanks.” he replied as he jumped up the stairs. He got out his phone and texted Josh that he could come over. Ten minutes later the door swung open and Josh walked in. 

“Hey guys!” Josh said as he walked through the kitchen.

“Hey Josh!” The kids yelled in unison. 

“Hey man, long time no see, what its been a whole week since you’ve been over here?” Derek joked with a smile. He loved that his parents allowed his best friend to practically live at their house and didn’t have a probable sharing their secret with him.

“I know right, a whole six days since I’ve harassed any one here.” Josh said as grabbed Bean and tickled her in his arms. She giggled and squirmed and Josh put her back on the couch. The two boys snickered and walked into the front room and up the stairs. They walked into his room and Josh sat on the computer chair and spun in a couple circles before coming to a stop. 

“Hey man, did you guys ever find out what was up with that spiral in the woods?” Josh asked.

“No, my dad thinks it might have something to do with one of the other packs, he doesn’t know of anything that would provoke something like that though.” he replied. He thought about telling him that he thought it might have something to do with Kate, but decided against it. 

“Weird. So where’s your sister? And have her and Dylan broken up yet?” Derek could hear the thumping of Tess’s light foot steps as Josh finished his sentence.

“I can hear you Josh! And me and Dylan are great! Your face may not be so great when I tell Dylan!” Tess threatened from the other room.

“Just kidding, I was just kidding!” Josh yelled to Tess. Josh turned Derek, “Seriously though?” Josh mouthed. He got off the bed and shoved his friend.

“So, uh, guess who has a date for Friday?” Derek half way bragged.

“You’re mom?” Josh scoffed.

“Shut up, no its me.”

“Oh really? Ok Romeo who is this date you have? Is she hot?”

“Yeah, she is… her name is Marie. She’s actually that girl, the one I noticed when we first got back from Christmas break. But she’s more then hot, she has depth too, that’s more then we can say for half the girls at our school.” the boys laughed together. 

“That’s cool, what are you guys going to do?”

“See a movie. Lets go down stairs and eat lunch.” Derek suggested. “I’m starving…” his stomach growled and they went down stairs and strolled into the kitchen where Mrs. Hale was passing out burgers. 

“Thanks mom.” Derek said as be began piling in the massive burger.

“Thanks mom.” Josh said as he ate his normal sized burger.

“No problem boys, where would I be if I wasn’t constantly feeding teenagers?”

“Bored.” They said at the same time through a mouthful of meat.

~~~

Marie 

“Hey Marie!” Marie’s mom yelled as she stumbled through the door.

“Dinner’s ready, I ate already though, and so did Lauren.” 

“Oh, its ok. I, uh, have a date…” her mom said at she shuffled through the kitchen and to her room with Marie trailing behind her.

“Wow, really?” Marie said, confused.

“Ya, with a guy I met down at my work, he‘s a sheriff.” Marie followed her mom into her closet and her mom changed into something more casual.

“Cool, I uh, have date too, next Friday… with Tess’s older brother.” She walked over to the mirror and tucked her hair behind her ears and caught her mom looking at her. “What.”

“Nothing…so how did that happen?” her mom asked.

“Um, actually he just asked. It was weird, it just happened.” she explained to her mom.

“That’s really nice sweetie, I hope you have a great time.” Ding dong. Her mom swiped on a few last brushes of mascara and Marie followed her to the door.

“Hi. Come in and meet my daughters. I’ll go get my youngest. ” Her mom said to a relatively good looking man who could be in his mid to late forties as he stepped in the door. He looked at Marie with a warm smile and shook her hand.

“I’m Marie, my younger sister is Lauren.” She smiled back at him, he seemed nice enough, and wouldn’t mind him around if things got serious.

“It’s very nice to meet you Marie, I’m Sheriff Stalinski.” 

    My heart beats faster when I’m with you

    'Cause I know that you would want me to

    I swear to hell I’ll never leave

    Cause I know one thing

    Love is all we need

    Chapter 5

    Marie

    Her mind fuzzed as she kissed him and breathed him in slowly. Suddenly she felt his lips leave hers, she snapped open her eyes and saw his, the size of half dollars, staring at Tess, staring at them. Marie turned back to see Derek’s shocked face mouthing “quiet” to Tess. She stuck out her hip and eyed him, rubbing her fingers and thumb together implying he’d have to pay her off. Marie watched as Derek stood and left the room, going around the kitchen. Then Tess looked at Marie, pursed her lips, and smiled.

    “Are you mad?” Marie mouthed from the living room.

    “No, I guess not.” Tess mouthed back. 

    Marie started breathing again, the last thing she wanted to was to upset Tess. Just then she saw Derek grab Tess’s wrist and yank her to another part of the house. She strained to hear what they were saying but couldn’t over the crackling bacon. She inched into the kitchen, and wondered if Mrs. Hale knew what was going on, and if someone would tell her.

    “Something wrong?” Tess’s mom asked as she continued to scurry around the kitchen fixing a meal that seemed enough to feed an army.

    “No, I’m fine, why?” Marie was shocked that she had picked up on her hint of worry, strange that she would notice a change.

    “No reason.” Mrs. Hale shrugged and moved to stir eggs and flip bacon.

    “Oh, no, just sleepy I guess.” Marie replied. 

    The sun coming through the windows was gradually growing brighter. The beams warmed her back and she admired Mrs. Hale’s beautiful deep brown hair. She was very pretty and stood almost as tall as Marie, eye level maybe. She hadn’t paid much attention to the details of their family last night, due to certain distractions, but now she saw how Tess and Derek looked like their mom in their own special ways. Tess looked the most obviously like her, but you could see her in Derek’s expressions. Derek, however, looked strikingly similar to his father. Same broad build, same sharp features, and the same green eyes that reminded her of the forest. She wondered how she’d gotten so lucky. Tess strolled into the room and sprang onto the stool next to her. Meanwhile, Derek walked into the living room and stretched out on the couch changing the channels to the TV. She looked inquisitively at Tess and was answered with a shrug. What did Derek say? Was Tess mad at him? Would this change his mind? She had to know. 

    “Hey mom, can I have some of that?” Tess asked.

    “Well good morning to you too.” Her mom replied as she slid a plate full of eggs and bacon under Tess’s nose and walked away with it.

    “Moooommmaa pleassse.” Tess whined in response to the teasing. 

    “Ok, ok, ok.” she laughed as she laid the food in front of her.

    “So, how did you girls sleep? You weren’t cold were you?” questioned  Mrs. Hale.

    “No mom.” Tess answered.

    “No, no we weren’t cold Mrs. Hale, it was fine.” 

    “Well good, we couldn’t have our girls turning to popsicles now could we?” Mrs. Hale laughed. Marie watched as Alex, Chloe, and Ann walked around the corner bickering and talking loudly. They grabbed a plate of food and continue into the living room where they fought over the remote until Derek snatched it from Alex. Bean, however, stuck her head around the wall, and peaked into the kitchen mischievously.

    “PSST! PSSST,” said the little girl, trying to get their attention. Tess, Marie, and Mrs. Hale all stared at Bean, wondering what she was doing.

    “Momma. Psst! Moooommmaa. I smell food.” She said in hushed tone.

    “Well baby, that would be because I’m cooking food.” her mom deadpanned, trying not to chuckle.

    “Is it for us? Can we eat it?!” She said excitedly as she hopped out from behind the wall. 

    “Yes, this is for you. Come and get some before it gets cold!” 

    “Yaaay! Yum, yum, yuuuum, yummy!” she sang as she sprung out, right in front of Mrs. Hale with both hands out stretched. She looked at Marie and Tess an shook her head.

    “I swear, I do feed her.” She joked as she turned to finish cleaning up the food. Marie wished she had a sister like that- all she had was Lauren, who was always out somewhere doing something with no one she cared about. She wondered if Tess and Derek knew how lucky they really were. They walked into the living room and sat on the couch with everyone. After ten minutes of bickering they finally decided to watch Hercules on nick toons. When the movie was over Marie elbowed Tess.

    “Tess, lets go upstairs.” Marie said, hoping for answers. They practically ran up the stairs and into Tess’s room. The girls bounced on Tess’s bed and laid on their backs, until she sat up and grabbed Tess by the shoulders.

    “What did he say? What did you say?” Marie demanded.

    “Why are you asking all the questions?! I’m the one who ran in on you and my brother! Wait, what about that guy, the one you said you liked a couple weeks ago? Was that Derek?!” Tess said with accusing eyes.

    “Um, yeah, I guess so.” she let out a laugh as she rubbed the back of her neck with a sheepish look on her face. “But I didn’t know it was your brother at the time.”

    “Wow, so is it like you guys just kissed, or what?” She didn’t know how much to tell, she didn’t want to make trouble for Derek.

    “Well, he asked me out for next Friday, but I don’t know what that means really.” 

    “I can tell you it means something, he hardly ever asks girls out, he must really like you. Wow.” Really?! She couldn’t believe it, he was so good looking! He could have any girl!

    “Tess what did he say to you?” Marie halfway begged.

    “Oh, nothing important, don’t worry, he just asked me to keep it on the down low until things are for sure.”

    “For sure? What does that mean?” Oh crap, what if he just wants someone to fool around with? What if he wants it on the down low because he isn’t sure he really likes her enough?

    “Nothing bad, I know my brother way better then I wish I ever did, and I know he likes you. Unfortunately that’s what sixteen years in the same house will do to a person.”  Tess mumbled sarcastically.

    “Oh, ok…good.” Marie said softly as she sat on Tess’s bed next to her. She looked down at her phone and allowed the anxiety to find its way to the surface.

    “You really like him don’t you…”Tess asked as she leaned over and saw her face.

    “Yeah, I really like him…” Marie sighed. Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. The pair searched crazily for the offending device before they missed the call.

    “Hey mom.” Marie said breathlessly, surprised to hear from her, sure her mother would be busy at work.

    “Hey Marie, I need you to come home by noon alright? You have chores you haven’t finished.”

    “Ok, are you still at work?”

    “Ya, I’m sorry Marie, I don’t think I’ll get home until six or seven, can you make dinner again tonight?”

    “Ya, its cool, see you when you get home…” she said, disappointed.

    “Thank you, love you sweetie.” Her mom rushed.

    “Lov-” Click. And like that her fairy tale was over. Oh well, even Cinderella had to go home sometime, right? She looked at her phone clock and sighed, 11:39. Might as well leave now. 

    “Hey, Tess can you give me a ride home?” Marie asked.

    “Now?” Tess’s said a little confused.

    “Ya, I have chores to finish.” She stood and picked up her bag.

    “Sure, come on.” She gathered her things and they went down stairs. As they walked into the kitchen she caught Derek’s eye and couldn’t help but smile.

    “Hey mom, can I give Marie a ride home?” Tess asked.

    “What happened to helping me with lunch?” Her mom answered as she looked up to the girls and motioned to the food engulfing the counter.

    “Well I-”

    “I can take her.” They all turned as Derek walked in and took Marie’s bag. “I don’t mind, really.”

    “Well, that could work, ya ok,” Mrs. Hale said slowly, “Is that ok Marie?” Mrs. Hale asked.

    “Ya that’s fine.” She said coolly, trying as hard as she could to contain her excitement.

    “Lets go.” Derek said with a smile. As he walked out of the kitchen and to the front door, she walked behind him and loved the way he held himself full of confidence, the way his hips swung just the slightest bit and the way he looked in the sun. He turned his head, smiled at her, and let a little laugh slip before he turned to put her bag in the bed of a small Chevy truck and open the door for her.

    “Thank you.” she said as she tried to hide her blush.

    “You’re welcome.” He jogged around the front end and jumped in the drivers seat. When he started the old Chevy, the engine roared and a good layer of dust from the hood rose up and sank to the ground.

    “I like the truck, is it yours?” she asked, curious if he would appreciate something so unique.

    “Ya, I just bought it. You have no idea how long it look me to save up enough even for this. One day I want a really nice car, but right now this will do perfectly.” She stretched her denim covered legs out in front of herself and yawned. 

    “What kind?” Marie wondered out loud.

    “Oh, something nice, I’m not really sure yet though. What about you? If you could have any car, what would it be?” 

    “A corvette. I love corvettes.” she answered. 

    “What about places, what’s your favorite place?” he asked. She looked over at him, and thought about what place made her happiest.

    “I would have to say San Diego, I went a couple years ago and loved it. I love the beach, and the people, the ocean, its all so beautiful. I’ve wanted to go back, but I haven’t had the chance.” She made a mental note to try and go sometime this summer.

    “That’s cool, I love the beach, we used to go a lot when I was little. We still go in the summer sometimes.” Marie noticed herself scooting closer to him and decided it was so she could hear better. They came to a stop light and he turned and looked at her.

    “Are you cold? Here you can have this.” He said as he started taking off his jacket.

    “No, its ok. Thank you though.” Just then the light turned green. 

    “Hey, what do you wanna do on Friday? How’s a movie?” he asked.

    “That would be awesome, thanks, how bout six?”

    “It’s a date.” He replied with a warm smile. They pulled up to her house she hopped out of the truck and grabbed her bag from the back.

    “I coulda done that.” Derek said, walking around to the side of the truck and leaning his back on it.

    “Oh, I forgot.” Marie said, feeling a little embarrassed. “Your mom did a good job teaching you how to treat a lady.” She told him as she slid close enough for their arms to touch.

    He reached down and grabbed Marie’s hand, melting the skin where they touched, and brought it to his face. “Well, you see, she told me if I ever wanted to get to know someone better, to act like a gentleman, and they’d want to know me too.” He kissed her hand and smiled. 

    “See yyou at school…” she managed, as she tried desperately to remember how to breathe.  He grinned and walked back to the drivers side, and like that, he was gone.

    Marie felt like lightning had struck her, melting the souls of her converse to the concrete. She trudged to the door, clinging to that moment with all of her will. She unlocked the door and threw her bag on the floor before she leaned on the wall and slip to ground and let out and enormous sigh of happiness.

    ~~~

    Derek

    He pressed her hand to his lips before he smiled and walked back to his car. He laughed as he drove away, and he couldn’t believe he was actually pulling this off. He pulled into the driveway with and enormous grin and walked into the house feeling like he was miles high.

    “Well, well, well.” Laughed Mrs. Hale as he walked into the kitchen. “Look who’s all smiley.”

    “Shut up mom…” he said sheepishly.

    “Hmmmm.” she said as he walked out. 

    He went up to his room, sprawled himself on his bed and let his imagination loose. Knock. Knock. Knock. Derek rolled off his bed and walked to the door. 

    “Hey.” he said to his dad.

    “Hey wanna go with me on a run?”

    “Yeah, sure, couple a minutes.” Derek said.

    “Ok, I’ll be outside.” 

    Derek changed into some running shorts and a work out shirt and walked down stairs and out to the porch. He jogged over to his dad and they started on their way. He ran behind his dad for about three miles, trying to catch up, before they stopped by a creek. His dad chuckled and laced his fingers together around the back of his head.

    “Almost 45 and I still beat you.” his dad teased.

    “Pshhh. I so let you win. I could win if I wanted.” he scoffed. He walked over to some rocks by the creek bed and sat down.

    “So who is this girl your mom was trying to tell me about?”

    “God, does anyone not know my business?! You cant hide anything in this house.” 

    “Well it is full of werewolves, I’m not surprised… So?”

    “It’s Tess’s friend. The one who slept over last night…” he confessed. “I mean, I liked her before that, but I kinda made a move today, I asked her on a date for next Friday. I don’t know what it is about her, I just feel this pull, like I’m just so happy around her, for no reason, she just brightens the room and I can‘t help but…feel like I’m falling for her.”

    “Hmm, interesting…” He said as he nodded his head and got some water. “You be careful ok? I trust you… wait no I don’t, just be careful.”

    “Don’t worry dad, I wont get anyone pregnant.”

    “Well, I wasn’t worried about that, but now that you say so-”

    “Dad, it will be ok. I’m being a gentleman, no one’s heart will be broken, and no one will get pregnant, I promise.”

    “Ohhhh kaaay.” his dad laughed.

    “I bet I can beat you to the house.” taunted Derek.

    “I bet you can’t!” And they both took off, running at full speed and dodging around trees to get to the house before the other. Not even breaking a sweat Mr. Hale bounded on the porch making a loud thump.

    “I told you I could beat you!” he scoffed.

    “What ever! I just…got a cramp. Hey, can Josh come over?” Derek asked.

    “I don’t see why not.”

    “Cool, thanks.” he replied as he jumped up the stairs. He got out his phone and texted Josh that he could come over. Ten minutes later the door swung open and Josh walked in. 

    “Hey guys!” Josh said as he walked through the kitchen.

    “Hey Josh!” The kids yelled in unison. 

    “Hey man, long time no see, what its been a whole week since you’ve been over here?” Derek joked with a smile. He loved that his parents allowed his best friend to practically live at their house and didn’t have a probable sharing their secret with him.

    “I know right, a whole six days since I’ve harassed any one here.” Josh said as grabbed Bean and tickled her in his arms. She giggled and squirmed and Josh put her back on the couch. The two boys snickered and walked into the front room and up the stairs. They walked into his room and Josh sat on the computer chair and spun in a couple circles before coming to a stop. 

    “Hey man, did you guys ever find out what was up with that spiral in the woods?” Josh asked.

    “No, my dad thinks it might have something to do with one of the other packs, he doesn’t know of anything that would provoke something like that though.” he replied. He thought about telling him that he thought it might have something to do with Kate, but decided against it. 

    “Weird. So where’s your sister? And have her and Dylan broken up yet?” Derek could hear the thumping of Tess’s light foot steps as Josh finished his sentence.

    “I can hear you Josh! And me and Dylan are great! Your face may not be so great when I tell Dylan!” Tess threatened from the other room.

    “Just kidding, I was just kidding!” Josh yelled to Tess. Josh turned Derek, “Seriously though?” Josh mouthed. He got off the bed and shoved his friend.

    “So, uh, guess who has a date for Friday?” Derek half way bragged.

    “You’re mom?” Josh scoffed.

    “Shut up, no its me.”

    “Oh really? Ok Romeo who is this date you have? Is she hot?”

    “Yeah, she is… her name is Marie. She’s actually that girl, the one I noticed when we first got back from Christmas break. But she’s more then hot, she has depth too, that’s more then we can say for half the girls at our school.” the boys laughed together. 

    “That’s cool, what are you guys going to do?”

    “See a movie. Lets go down stairs and eat lunch.” Derek suggested. “I’m starving…” his stomach growled and they went down stairs and strolled into the kitchen where Mrs. Hale was passing out burgers. 

    “Thanks mom.” Derek said as be began piling in the massive burger.

    “Thanks mom.” Josh said as he ate his normal sized burger.

    “No problem boys, where would I be if I wasn’t constantly feeding teenagers?”

    “Bored.” They said at the same time through a mouthful of meat.

    ~~~

    Marie 

    “Hey Marie!” Marie’s mom yelled as she stumbled through the door.

    “Dinner’s ready, I ate already though, and so did Lauren.” 

    “Oh, its ok. I, uh, have a date…” her mom said at she shuffled through the kitchen and to her room with Marie trailing behind her.

    “Wow, really?” Marie said, confused.

    “Ya, with a guy I met down at my work, he‘s a sheriff.” Marie followed her mom into her closet and her mom changed into something more casual.

    “Cool, I uh, have date too, next Friday… with Tess’s older brother.” She walked over to the mirror and tucked her hair behind her ears and caught her mom looking at her. “What.”

    “Nothing…so how did that happen?” her mom asked.

    “Um, actually he just asked. It was weird, it just happened.” she explained to her mom.

    “That’s really nice sweetie, I hope you have a great time.” Ding dong. Her mom swiped on a few last brushes of mascara and Marie followed her to the door.

    “Hi. Come in and meet my daughters. I’ll go get my youngest. ” Her mom said to a relatively good looking man who could be in his mid to late forties as he stepped in the door. He looked at Marie with a warm smile and shook her hand.

    “I’m Marie, my younger sister is Lauren.” She smiled back at him, he seemed nice enough, and wouldn’t mind him around if things got serious.

    “It’s very nice to meet you Marie, I’m Sheriff Stalinski.” 

    (Source: )

     
  4. By the time I was your age I’d give anything to fall in love trulywas all I could think, that’s when I met your motherthe girl of my dreams,the most beautiful woman that I’d ever seen. She said “boy can I tell you a wonderful thing?I can’t help but notice you staring at me, I know I shouldn’t say this, but I really believe,I can tell by your eyes that you’re in love with me.”
-Terrible Things, Mayday parade
CHAPTER 1
Marie
“Oh, um, hi, uh…” Marie shuttered, still recovering from being run into.
“I’m sorry, I thought…never mind.” He stumbled, obviously embarrassed. She saw his face now and was stunned. He was beautiful. Not in a feminine way, just attractive. She quickly looked away, afraid she might get caught staring. “Hi, my name is Derek. We live up the road. I haven’t see you around here are you new?”
“Yeah, actually we just moved from San Francisco.” She mumbled nervously. It was then that she noticed him looking at her almost like he was trying to solve some sort of riddle. As if on cue, their eyes met and she felt entranced. For what felt like an hour they locked eyes conversed silently. Still not quite sure of what was happening, she realized felt safe and completely at ease.
“Um I gotta…go, bye.” He muttered, waving, as he sped through one of the doors. She felt like an idiot. Great! It’s the first day and she already looked stupid! She wandered down the hall looking for the office. Thankfully, she saw a friendly looking, short lady, briskly walking down the hall. Hoping for a good start, she timidly approached the woman.
“Excuse me,” Marie asked, feeling self conscious. “Um…” She couldn’t help but be distracted by this woman’s enormous curly blond hair. She looked like she had walked right out of a county movie. She wondered if the lady would have an accent.
“Um can you tell me where the office is?”
“Oh sure, Darlin!” She drawled happily in a thick southern accent. ‘Ah-ha‘ she thought, slightly amused and proud of her detective skills. “It’s right down that hall, and there to the left.”
“Oh, ok, thanks.” she beamed.
“No problem pumkin!”
She gazed down the long-hall way as she slowly made her way to the office. She felt at home here; she had grown up in Sacramento always feeling like an outsider. She was hoping for a fresh start. No one knew her here, which was good, that meant a clean slate. This town seemed small, hopefully she’d fit in. She only had a few friends from her enormous school down town. She missed them, but was excited for the opportunity.
“Hello?” She said too quietly, poking her head in the office door. Looking around she saw a small room that was dimly lit with lamps and had a large empty front desk stretching across the room. She heard some rustling and cleared her throat. “Hello?” She called louder.
“Oh, hello dear,” Said a small old woman with glasses, who popped up from the desk. “I’ve been expecting you. Your mother called in. I have something for you to sign here, here you go.” She handed her the paper and started typing god knows what on the computer.
“Ok.” Marie said as she put down her stuff. “Uh, my mom called?” ‘Thanks mom,’ she thought sarcastically, ‘way to make friends with the office lady to keep tabs on me.’
“Bout five minutes ago, just so I could get a head start on printing out some stuff. Ok,” she smiled kindly, beginning to hand Marie a stack of papers, “this is your schedule, this is the lunch menu, and this is a pass to your first hour.”
“Ok thanks…um do you guys have maps of the school?” The office woman swiveled around and began digging in a tall pile of papers and eventually handed her a map. “Thank you.” Marie said while walking out of the room.
Her first hour was only a couple doors down. She stood outside gathering her courage and listening to the din coming from the class. She walked in straight to the teacher, ignoring the vacant faces that didn’t seem to see her at all. She stood waiting for the teachers attention for a few minutes. Apprehensively Marie stepped forward.
“Hi, um, I’m new, where do you want me to sit?” She asked confidently, she maybe be a little wobbly when it comes to dealing with her peers, but when it came to teachers she knew how to handle things. Honestly she liked them better, but maybe it was because they we required to be nice and polite.
“Oh you must be Marie Nichols, I’m Mr. King. Very nice to meet you.” He said, as he exuberantly shook her hand. “There is an empty seat right back there.”
“Thanks.” She answered, while walking to her seat. The aisles were tight and she had to tip toe just the slightest bit to get through, she wondered if anyone noticed. She sat down, looking around ever so slightly. She got out her pencil and her copy of A Separate Piece and began reading while the teacher took attendance.
The teacher, she couldn’t for the life of her remember his name, had been talking for about forty minutes when Marie’s attention was taken to someone tapping on her shoulder. She turned around to see a very pretty girl with large deep brown eyes and beautiful thick hair the color of dark chocolate smiling at her.
“Hello! What’s your name?” She asked in a singsong voice.
A little surprised someone was talking to her she replied, “Uh, Marie.”
“Cool name, I like it, it fits. So where’d you move from?” She asked with an inviting smile. She leaned closer like she was actually interested.
“San Francisco, I grew up there. ”
“That’s so cool, I bet you were popular at your school, you’re super pretty!” Ha! Marie almost laughed in the girls face, that was the funniest joke she’d heard all week. She wasn’t quite sure if she was being serious or not.
“Um no, actually. Not really.” She answered.
“Really? They must have been jealous. So where do you live?”
“Oh, um we moved in the house on Ridgewood Dr. over by the junior high.”
“That’s awesome, that house is super nice. We should hang out sometime, hey do you want to have lunch with me and some friends?”
“Ok,” Marie answered uneasily. She’d never encountered anyone so welcoming. “Um, what did you say your name was?”
“I didn’t. Its Tess, Tess Hale.”

~
Derek
He stared at her, dumbstruck. She was breath taking, and comfortable at the same time. There was something familiar about her, he felt like he knew her, but was sure they’d never met. He looked deep into her eyes and couldn’t say what color they were. They were laced with dark blue and got lighter green going in, until they faded to a caramel brown.
“Um I gotta…go, bye.” He said as he waved and ran inside, already nervous. He walked up to his first hour bracing himself for a lecture.
He tried to sneak past his Spanish teacher, who was loudly writing on the chalk board. Nearly to his desk, he ran into an empty seat making it impossible to remain unseen.
“Hola, Senor Hale.” growled the irritated teacher sharply.
“Hola…Senorita Johnson.”
“Tu es tarte, Si? Donde estabas?” She barked.
“Um…en el bano..?” Derek lied, praying to what ever god there was that she would leave him unpunished. “Perdon, por favor, it wont happen again.” Hoping to win her over with his charm.
“Ah, ah! En Espanol Senor Hale and I’ll let you off the hook on our first day back.”
“Uh…um. Lo…no se…tengo…lugar…um, uh…como se dice ag-”
“Close enough Senor Hale.” Derek thanked her and turned around in his seat.
“Uh!” He said to a medium built boy with brown hair and a goofy personality, who sat behind him, “why does she care?”
“Why would I know?” he answered snidely, “You shoulda been on time dumb ass. You of all people know she’ll bust your balls.” He was right, not that Derek would admit it.
“Shut up Josh, she should just put me as late for the rest of the year. It would make life easier for both of us.”
“So can I come over this weekend or not?”
“Ya, I guess, only if you stop hitting on Tess. It’s disgusting. I’m seriously not letting you come back if you keep it up. She’s with Dylan anyways, he’d beat you within an inch of your life if he found out. You know, not that I’d try to stop him.”
“Pshhh… I do not like Tess! I don’t know where you could have gotten that crazy idea. Loon.” He said sarcastically.
“You don’t know where I could have gotten that idea? Maybe its because you openly stare at her when she walks by, or the creepy glazed over look on your face you get when she’s in the room. Ya, don’t deny it either, I’ve seen your math grade. And don’t let me forget.” He said in a mocking tone. “Oh Tess, can I get you some water? I can do your math homework if you don’t want to. Hey Tess do you want my manhood, ‘cause you can have it.” switching back to his normal voice, yet still teasing his friend. “What’s left of it anyways.”
“Ok! Ok dude so if I leave Tess alone we can hangout? That’s fine! I can so do that!” Josh said lazily.
“Oh, and god, please no pick up lines.”
“Hey I don’t know why your so worried. I’ll behave.” he said raising his hands slightly in defense.
“Yeah, yeah. Ok now I have to pay attention to Espanol, I’m practically failing this class.”
He turned around and looked down at his paper, scribbled with words he didn’t understand. His mind wandered as he stared at his desk. He thought of the girl he ran into. His first impression of her was her obvious beauty. But his second was that she must not know about it. There was something about her that he couldn’t place.

Later, walking down the hall, he thought he saw her turning the corner. He raced ahead, trying to think of an excuse to talk to her, but when he got there she was gone. He sniffed the air hoping for a scent, but couldn’t pick up anything distinguishing. He couldn’t really tell, but he swore there was a slight hint of cinnamon.
~

Marie
RIIIING. The bell sang, as the halls of Beacon Falls filled with students changing classes. Marie walked out of her first hour thinking today might not be as bad as she thought it would be. She looked around, confused, wondering how to get to her next class. She nervously looked at Tess.
“Could you tell me where…B24 is? I cant find it on this map.”
“Oh ya, defiantly. This is…down that hall and it should be the first door.”
“Thanks,” she answered, “See you.” Marie began walking away thinking about her best friend back home. She missed her so badly. But she knew that with someone like Tess, rebuilding a life here wouldn’t be so bad.
As she rounded the corner she thought about her dad back in Sacramento. She remembered fishing with him and having so much fun just sitting there waiting for the fish to bite. She remembered lazy Sundays watching baseball, tucked in the crook of his arm. She even remembered the scary stories he would tell her and her sister late at night. She missed him so much, sometimes she wondered if he missed her too…
She stepped in the class and asked the teacher where to sit. Not really in the room at all, she walked to her seat and began to daydream.
She loved to people watch, although it did feel weird doing it alone, she sat and saw faces she hoped to get to know. There was a rather tall slim girl with a rough face that walked by, and another with a round nose. She tried to be discrete as a group of jocks walked by the class.
She was actually kind of shallow when it came to her boys. Her perfect boy would be tall and good looking of course. She like abs enough but her favorite were arms. Who ever was hers needed to be able to pick her up, and how ever badly she wished it wasn’t so, she weighed a lot. But she was sure of one thing, she wasn’t settling.
That was something her mother had driven into her. She could hear her now, “Marie, don’t ever go out with someone you wouldn’t want to marry because before you know it you’re in love and there is no way out.” Her mother had fallen in love with her dad at a young age, and before she had he slightest idea of what she had done, she was home from collage with a ring and a baby. She would tell Marie she could feel her life slipping away from her as the years flew by.
She put her head down and looked out the wall of windows onto the campus. It was pretty here, she loved the way the school was nestled in with the trees surrounding the building. It was an over cast day with light drizzling, her favorite kind of weather. She felt safe under the blanket of clouds, and the light crisp air made her energetic, ready for anything.

    By the time I was your age I’d give anything to fall in love truly
    was all I could think,
    that’s when I met your mother
    the girl of my dreams,
    the most beautiful woman that I’d ever seen.
    She said “boy can I tell you a wonderful thing?
    I can’t help but notice you staring at me,
    I know I shouldn’t say this, but I really believe,
    I can tell by your eyes that you’re in love with me.”

    -Terrible Things, Mayday parade

    CHAPTER 1

    Marie

    “Oh, um, hi, uh…” Marie shuttered, still recovering from being run into.

    “I’m sorry, I thought…never mind.” He stumbled, obviously embarrassed. She saw his face now and was stunned. He was beautiful. Not in a feminine way, just attractive. She quickly looked away, afraid she might get caught staring. “Hi, my name is Derek. We live up the road. I haven’t see you around here are you new?”

    “Yeah, actually we just moved from San Francisco.” She mumbled nervously. It was then that she noticed him looking at her almost like he was trying to solve some sort of riddle. As if on cue, their eyes met and she felt entranced. For what felt like an hour they locked eyes conversed silently. Still not quite sure of what was happening, she realized felt safe and completely at ease.

    “Um I gotta…go, bye.” He muttered, waving, as he sped through one of the doors. She felt like an idiot. Great! It’s the first day and she already looked stupid! She wandered down the hall looking for the office. Thankfully, she saw a friendly looking, short lady, briskly walking down the hall. Hoping for a good start, she timidly approached the woman.

    “Excuse me,” Marie asked, feeling self conscious. “Um…” She couldn’t help but be distracted by this woman’s enormous curly blond hair. She looked like she had walked right out of a county movie. She wondered if the lady would have an accent.

    “Um can you tell me where the office is?”

    “Oh sure, Darlin!” She drawled happily in a thick southern accent. ‘Ah-ha‘ she thought, slightly amused and proud of her detective skills. “It’s right down that hall, and there to the left.”

    “Oh, ok, thanks.” she beamed.

    “No problem pumkin!”

    She gazed down the long-hall way as she slowly made her way to the office. She felt at home here; she had grown up in Sacramento always feeling like an outsider. She was hoping for a fresh start. No one knew her here, which was good, that meant a clean slate. This town seemed small, hopefully she’d fit in. She only had a few friends from her enormous school down town. She missed them, but was excited for the opportunity.

    “Hello?” She said too quietly, poking her head in the office door. Looking around she saw a small room that was dimly lit with lamps and had a large empty front desk stretching across the room. She heard some rustling and cleared her throat. “Hello?” She called louder.

    “Oh, hello dear,” Said a small old woman with glasses, who popped up from the desk. “I’ve been expecting you. Your mother called in. I have something for you to sign here, here you go.” She handed her the paper and started typing god knows what on the computer.

    “Ok.” Marie said as she put down her stuff. “Uh, my mom called?” ‘Thanks mom,’ she thought sarcastically, ‘way to make friends with the office lady to keep tabs on me.’

    “Bout five minutes ago, just so I could get a head start on printing out some stuff. Ok,” she smiled kindly, beginning to hand Marie a stack of papers, “this is your schedule, this is the lunch menu, and this is a pass to your first hour.”

    “Ok thanks…um do you guys have maps of the school?” The office woman swiveled around and began digging in a tall pile of papers and eventually handed her a map. “Thank you.” Marie said while walking out of the room.

    Her first hour was only a couple doors down. She stood outside gathering her courage and listening to the din coming from the class. She walked in straight to the teacher, ignoring the vacant faces that didn’t seem to see her at all. She stood waiting for the teachers attention for a few minutes. Apprehensively Marie stepped forward.

    “Hi, um, I’m new, where do you want me to sit?” She asked confidently, she maybe be a little wobbly when it comes to dealing with her peers, but when it came to teachers she knew how to handle things. Honestly she liked them better, but maybe it was because they we required to be nice and polite.

    “Oh you must be Marie Nichols, I’m Mr. King. Very nice to meet you.” He said, as he exuberantly shook her hand. “There is an empty seat right back there.”

    “Thanks.” She answered, while walking to her seat. The aisles were tight and she had to tip toe just the slightest bit to get through, she wondered if anyone noticed. She sat down, looking around ever so slightly. She got out her pencil and her copy of A Separate Piece and began reading while the teacher took attendance.

    The teacher, she couldn’t for the life of her remember his name, had been talking for about forty minutes when Marie’s attention was taken to someone tapping on her shoulder. She turned around to see a very pretty girl with large deep brown eyes and beautiful thick hair the color of dark chocolate smiling at her.

    “Hello! What’s your name?” She asked in a singsong voice.

    A little surprised someone was talking to her she replied, “Uh, Marie.”

    “Cool name, I like it, it fits. So where’d you move from?” She asked with an inviting smile. She leaned closer like she was actually interested.

    “San Francisco, I grew up there. ”

    “That’s so cool, I bet you were popular at your school, you’re super pretty!” Ha! Marie almost laughed in the girls face, that was the funniest joke she’d heard all week. She wasn’t quite sure if she was being serious or not.

    “Um no, actually. Not really.” She answered.

    “Really? They must have been jealous. So where do you live?”

    “Oh, um we moved in the house on Ridgewood Dr. over by the junior high.”

    “That’s awesome, that house is super nice. We should hang out sometime, hey do you want to have lunch with me and some friends?”

    “Ok,” Marie answered uneasily. She’d never encountered anyone so welcoming. “Um, what did you say your name was?”

    “I didn’t. Its Tess, Tess Hale.”

    ~

    Derek

    He stared at her, dumbstruck. She was breath taking, and comfortable at the same time. There was something familiar about her, he felt like he knew her, but was sure they’d never met. He looked deep into her eyes and couldn’t say what color they were. They were laced with dark blue and got lighter green going in, until they faded to a caramel brown.

    “Um I gotta…go, bye.” He said as he waved and ran inside, already nervous. He walked up to his first hour bracing himself for a lecture.

    He tried to sneak past his Spanish teacher, who was loudly writing on the chalk board. Nearly to his desk, he ran into an empty seat making it impossible to remain unseen.

    “Hola, Senor Hale.” growled the irritated teacher sharply.

    “Hola…Senorita Johnson.”

    “Tu es tarte, Si? Donde estabas?” She barked.

    “Um…en el bano..?” Derek lied, praying to what ever god there was that she would leave him unpunished. “Perdon, por favor, it wont happen again.” Hoping to win her over with his charm.

    “Ah, ah! En Espanol Senor Hale and I’ll let you off the hook on our first day back.”

    “Uh…um. Lo…no se…tengo…lugar…um, uh…como se dice ag-”

    “Close enough Senor Hale.” Derek thanked her and turned around in his seat.

    “Uh!” He said to a medium built boy with brown hair and a goofy personality, who sat behind him, “why does she care?”

    “Why would I know?” he answered snidely, “You shoulda been on time dumb ass. You of all people know she’ll bust your balls.” He was right, not that Derek would admit it.

    “Shut up Josh, she should just put me as late for the rest of the year. It would make life easier for both of us.”

    “So can I come over this weekend or not?”

    “Ya, I guess, only if you stop hitting on Tess. It’s disgusting. I’m seriously not letting you come back if you keep it up. She’s with Dylan anyways, he’d beat you within an inch of your life if he found out. You know, not that I’d try to stop him.”

    “Pshhh… I do not like Tess! I don’t know where you could have gotten that crazy idea. Loon.” He said sarcastically.

    “You don’t know where I could have gotten that idea? Maybe its because you openly stare at her when she walks by, or the creepy glazed over look on your face you get when she’s in the room. Ya, don’t deny it either, I’ve seen your math grade. And don’t let me forget.” He said in a mocking tone. “Oh Tess, can I get you some water? I can do your math homework if you don’t want to. Hey Tess do you want my manhood, ‘cause you can have it.” switching back to his normal voice, yet still teasing his friend. “What’s left of it anyways.”

    “Ok! Ok dude so if I leave Tess alone we can hangout? That’s fine! I can so do that!” Josh said lazily.

    “Oh, and god, please no pick up lines.”

    “Hey I don’t know why your so worried. I’ll behave.” he said raising his hands slightly in defense.

    “Yeah, yeah. Ok now I have to pay attention to Espanol, I’m practically failing this class.”

    He turned around and looked down at his paper, scribbled with words he didn’t understand. His mind wandered as he stared at his desk. He thought of the girl he ran into. His first impression of her was her obvious beauty. But his second was that she must not know about it. There was something about her that he couldn’t place.

    Later, walking down the hall, he thought he saw her turning the corner. He raced ahead, trying to think of an excuse to talk to her, but when he got there she was gone. He sniffed the air hoping for a scent, but couldn’t pick up anything distinguishing. He couldn’t really tell, but he swore there was a slight hint of cinnamon.

    ~

    Marie

    RIIIING. The bell sang, as the halls of Beacon Falls filled with students changing classes. Marie walked out of her first hour thinking today might not be as bad as she thought it would be. She looked around, confused, wondering how to get to her next class. She nervously looked at Tess.

    “Could you tell me where…B24 is? I cant find it on this map.”

    “Oh ya, defiantly. This is…down that hall and it should be the first door.”

    “Thanks,” she answered, “See you.” Marie began walking away thinking about her best friend back home. She missed her so badly. But she knew that with someone like Tess, rebuilding a life here wouldn’t be so bad.

    As she rounded the corner she thought about her dad back in Sacramento. She remembered fishing with him and having so much fun just sitting there waiting for the fish to bite. She remembered lazy Sundays watching baseball, tucked in the crook of his arm. She even remembered the scary stories he would tell her and her sister late at night. She missed him so much, sometimes she wondered if he missed her too…

    She stepped in the class and asked the teacher where to sit. Not really in the room at all, she walked to her seat and began to daydream.

    She loved to people watch, although it did feel weird doing it alone, she sat and saw faces she hoped to get to know. There was a rather tall slim girl with a rough face that walked by, and another with a round nose. She tried to be discrete as a group of jocks walked by the class.

    She was actually kind of shallow when it came to her boys. Her perfect boy would be tall and good looking of course. She like abs enough but her favorite were arms. Who ever was hers needed to be able to pick her up, and how ever badly she wished it wasn’t so, she weighed a lot. But she was sure of one thing, she wasn’t settling.

    That was something her mother had driven into her. She could hear her now, “Marie, don’t ever go out with someone you wouldn’t want to marry because before you know it you’re in love and there is no way out.” Her mother had fallen in love with her dad at a young age, and before she had he slightest idea of what she had done, she was home from collage with a ring and a baby. She would tell Marie she could feel her life slipping away from her as the years flew by.

    She put her head down and looked out the wall of windows onto the campus. It was pretty here, she loved the way the school was nestled in with the trees surrounding the building. It was an over cast day with light drizzling, her favorite kind of weather. She felt safe under the blanket of clouds, and the light crisp air made her energetic, ready for anything.