1. 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: )

     
  2. I’d never gone with the wind
Just let it flow
Let it take me where it wants to go to
You open the door
There’s so much more
I’ve never seen it before
I was trying to fly
But I couldn’t find wings
But you came along and you changed everything
You lift my feet off the ground
You spin me around
You make me crazier, crazier
Feels like I’m falling and I’m lost in your eyes
You make me crazier, crazier, crazier
Chapter 4


Derek 

“Wh- who? You’re not Tess…” He sputtered tripping over his words, breathless. 

“Uh, s-sorry.” She replied, looking right at him, not shying away like most girls. 

Derek was stunned by how beautiful she was. He completely forgot how badly he needed to use the bathroom and the fact that he was a shirtless, sweaty mess. He was abruptly hit by her intoxicating scent, sending a trail of pleasure through his nose and down his spine, he had to focus on not touching her. She smelled of sugar cookies and cinnamon and something his mind couldn’t decided on. One thing for sure, the wolf inside of him thought it was amazing.

He caught her eye and held it, completely frozen for what seemed like way more then only a couple seconds. Derek, feeling an surge of confidence, contemplated going closer and realized he was holding his breath. Gathering his courage, he stepped sideways into the doorway she was standing in, lightly brushing up against her. She was only a couple inches shorter then him, which he liked. He kept his eyes locked with hers as she spoke.

“No…um,” She started. Derek noted the pools of red forming on her cheeks as she slyly looked at his exposed body again. “I’m Marie. I’m sleeping over…here, tonight.” She spoke slowly, looking upward into his eyes. 

Derek recognized her instantly, remembering their run in a couple weeks ago. He liked the way her lips moved as she formed her words, how she held him there, the way she stood commanding his attention without even trying.  Derek shifted his body deeper into the bathroom as she stood, comfortable with their proximity, and no intentions of moving. 

“Ya,” he said clearing his throat, “I remember you…” Looking at her dirty blond curly hair framing her face perfectly, he couldn’t help but admire the tiny curls formed by her ears. Suddenly, he was reminded exactly why he came up here and almost couldn’t hold it any longer. “I,” Derek began, as he put a hand on her waist and lightly guided her across the doorjamb, “need to use the restroom.” He smiled sweetly and began closing the door, his eyes still fixed on her.

“Sorry…for holding you up I mean.” Marie chuckled, blushing as she walked down the hall. Derek noticed her look back at him, grinning wide and smiling with her eyes. He breathed a sigh of relief as he finally got to use the restroom. He was elated that she was here to stay, and decided that he would have to do something about the way he was feeling, and soon. 

Derek decided on a shower before dinner so he didn’t stink up the table. He turned the water on and tuned in down stairs as he removed his gym shorts that clung to his body and stepped into the water that rinsed him of his sweat. 

“Tess!” He heard a voice he recognized as Marie’s whisper sharply.

“What? What happened?” Tess replied curiously.

“You could have warned me. I just ran into your beautiful, shirtless, older brother!” She confessed. Derek heard her pulse quicken and assumed she must be recalling the sight of him. He was thankful for the little things that came with being a wolf, like enhanced hearing. This made it a million times easier to confirm she felt the way he did. He didn’t bother with shampoo, he only needed to rid himself of the musk that clung to him after every workout. He stepped over the tub and wrapped a towel around his lower body.

“Oh, he didn’t do anything stupid did he? He can be so irritating sometimes. Did he seem nervous? He usually cant handle girls, especially someone like you.” Derek could practically see Tess rolling her eyes. He hated when she did things like using blunt honesty against him, but he wasn’t worried about screwing things up with Marie. He could feel it in his gut, this would happen, he would make sure it did. 

He walked into his room and grabbed the nearest pair of jeans and  a t-shirt to wear and walked down stairs loudly. He noticed it had begun raining since he got home, and was thankful he came in when he did.

Derek found his entire family at the dining room table and wondered weather Marie thought the large group was intimidating, or if she was used to a crowd, like him. He pulled out the last chair, that coincidentally was across from her. He sat down and served himself a large mound of macaroni and cheese, along with two chicken breast, and half a plate-full of veggies. This act drew a stare from Marie, who wasn’t used to seeing a teenage boy consume half his weight in one meal.

“Wow Derek, hungry?” Tess asked sarcastically, she looked to Marie who responded with a laugh and took another bite of her own food. Derek looked down at his plate, accessing for the first time exactly how much food he had gotten, and knowing full well he could eat every bite and not be bothered. He glared momentarily at Tess and turned his attention to Marie. He looked her right in the eye and found he couldn’t escape her hold, even if he wanted.

“Don’t listen to Tess, she just jealous she cant have as much as I do because she’ll get bloated. Secretly she wishes she could eat like me.” He finished with a wry smile and a wink.

“You must have some metabolism for your body to keep up with that much food.” said Marie confidently, continuing to keep him entranced. She began talking with their mom about something that Derek couldn’t hear. He was too busy secretly letting his bare foot wander across the tile floor to find her. He barely grazed her foot, lighting their skin on fire, and waited for her response. 

She glanced at him, acknowledging his touch, and slid her cool foot over his while answering a question presented by his aunt. After the conversation had drifted away from her, she slowly worked her way up his calf  and back down, sending sparks throughout his entire body. Derek couldn’t believe the way the contact of their skin had affected him, he wanted more.

After dinner the family went their separate ways. The younger ones were taken to bed by the adults and the older kids went to the living room for a movie. The storm was considerably worse and they decided on a scary movie to suit to atmosphere. They all crammed on an enormous couch, that could have been custom made for the family, and waited in anticipation. Again, he ended up next to Marie, whether it was their mutual attraction or fate forcing them together, he was thankful for he closeness he’d been gifted with.

He couldn’t remember the name of the movie, or the basic plot, but he could remember the way her thigh was warm against his. Yes, he remembered very clearly the way she seemed to cling  to him with every tense scene, looking for safety. They were about half way through the horror film when the storm really picked up and the lights began to flicker.

“Stupid old wiring.” Stated a nervous Tess. As she held tightly to Alex, who held just as tightly to her. Derek could feel Marie’s body tensing and suddenly there was a POP, and like that the lights were out. Left with only moon light and fear, Marie suddenly jumped and attached herself to Derek by grabbing tightly on his arm. His immediate reaction was to tense, ready for a fight, flexing his increasingly large bicep and secretly hoping to impress her. He soon relaxed and leaned close to Maries face, deeply inhaling in the alluring smell she possessed.

“Don’t worry,” Derek whispered soothingly, his lips lightly brushing the smooth cheek close to her ear, “You’ll be alright, I promise…” He lingered close to her and felt a smile stretch across her cheekbones. Suddenly, the lights returned and the movie was started again. He thought he caught her glancing at him a couple times, but could only be sure by the way her heart picked up  when ever he looked.

The movie came to an end, only after scaring the group half to death, at around 11:30. It then occurred to Derek that this meant he would have to say goodnight, and instantly felt his heart sink. There was a connection that he couldn’t explain between them and was curious to see where it would lead. He got off the couch and followed the group to the stair case. Due to his impeccable luck, or his lack of speed, he got to walk behind her and admire the figure he was already coming to love. He always had loved curvy girls.

When they got to the top of the stair case they headed to bed, but before Marie followed Tess into the room she turned around, and looked strait at Derek. He returned the gaze, and stepped into the hall.

“Goodnight.” Derek whispered, examining each fine feature on her beautiful face. She brought her chin upward and looked him in the eyes, cementing him to the flood. He loved those lips, and wanted nothing more then to discover what they would feel like on his own. 

He didn’t want her quickly and all at once, no, he wanted her slow, and he wanted to savor every moment they touched. Marie’s eyes tore at him, pleading him to kiss her there, as she spoke and took a step backward toward Tess’s room.

“Good night. Sleep sweet.” she cooed enchantingly as she shut Tess’s door.

~~~

Marie 

She rolled over in the chilled, queen sized bed she shared with Tess, still awake and not able to drift to sleep’s warm arms due to the bright crescent moon gracing her with its brilliant smile. Marie reached for Tess’s nightstand, hunting for her razor and the time. Finally discovering the phone on the far corner of the stand, she flipped it open and realized, much to her surprise, it was well past one. She had thought she had been lying their for longer then two hours.

Marie wondered if he felt it too; the electricity that ran between them like two live wires looking for a connection, she was sure he did, but there were always fragments of doubt piercing her thoughts. The moments when their eyes met had seemed so incredible, but could it be that it was one sided? She rolled onto her stomach and wiped the mascara she was sure had smudged beneath her eyes.

Sitting up, Marie glided across the floor to the heavy oak door that easily swung open at her request. Slowly, she wandered down the hall and went to the staircase and sat at the top. Her waving hair tickled the small of her back as she rocked her head back and forth and lost track of time while resting against the railing. She loved the way the wood glistened, and the way the moon light spilled over her.

Marie slowly took noticed of shadows and sounds she hadn’t in the light of day, remnants of the movie played themselves over and over in her head and before she knew what was happening, the fear was crawling under her skin, and invisible invader. Suddenly a large shadow engulfed her and send chills up her spine. She was frozen stiff and scared to death. Her body tensed and her hands began forming fists.

“Hello.” A tired, husky voice growled as Derek moved towards her rubbing his eyes.

“Oh my g-! You, you scared me!” She scolded quietly. She turned to look at him, noticing the black wife beater that exposed his defined, muscular arms. Her eyes followed down his arm to where the tank clung to his toned middle and farther to the shorts hanging loosely at his hips. 

“I’m sorry,” he whispered, “I didn’t mean to. I’m just light on my feet, always have been.”

“Its ok, you’re lucky I didn’t hit you. That tends to be my first reaction when I get surprised.” Marie laughed, starting to feel relaxed with him there.

“I’ll be right back, I’ve got to use the restroom.” he explained with a smirk on his face. As he walked to the restroom she thought she heard a chuckle slip from his lips. ‘Maybe this bathroom is good luck.’ She laughed to her self internally.

Marie heard him approaching, but knew he was purposely being loud this time. He sauntered over to the staircase and gracefully settled next to her, letting their exposed legs touch.

“What are you doing out here, now?” he asked, curiosity evident in his voice.

“Couldn’t sleep, too many things on my mind.” Marie whispered back, surveying his face, wondering what lay behind his astounding, emerald eyes.

“What’s on you’re mind exactly? Unless you don’t want to share, in that case ill just keep you company.” offered Derek with a grin. 

“Nothing really. Just stupid things…” She shrugged, not knowing if she should admit she’d been too focused on him to sleep a wink. Marie noticed him looking at her, and wondered what he was thinking about. 

“How long have you lived here?” He asked her.

“Not too long, just since December.” Marie couldn’t believe it had only been a couple of months.

“You moved from San Francisco right?” 

“Yep good old San Francisco.” 

“What’s your favorite thing about Beacon Hills so far?” This she had to really think about, but she finally decided on something.

“The forest. Its so beautiful, I could spend hours out there. That’s my favorite thing to do, go exploring in the woods by my house, you find amazing things when you get lucky.” 

“You can find magic in the woods ya know. Things you can’t imagine.”

“Is that so?” she asked with a smile. Derek stayed silent, but lifted his hand to her chin, tilting it upward and pulling her toward him.

“I‘m sure of it…” He half way whispered to Marie.

Only inches from his handsome face she looked from his green eyes to his light pink lips, and back to his eyes. Marie was close enough to Derek for his breathtaking scent to flow through her nose and to the pleasure center of her brain, causing her to feel as if she were on ecstasy. In the magical moment before the inevitable kiss, she could feel the suspense as it hung in the air.

“It’s beautiful…” she murmured, holding her breath.

“You‘re beautiful…” he whispered, seconds before she felt the heat of his lips on hers, soft and smooth. She was being electrocuted with emotions and hormones as their skin burned on top of each other. She was sure her brain was melting, because she sure couldn’t feel it. 

All she could feel at this moment was the incredible thing she had just been given, that she would never forget. It seemed that that fireworks going off in her mind lasted a life time, and when Marie came up for air she was completely content. She leaned back to look at him, eyes wide with pleasure, and stared at his beauty.

“Wow.” She sang, overjoyed to the point of stupidity.

“Yeah, I know.” he whispered as their lips met again, igniting sparks throughout Marie. After this kiss she held her face close to him, resting her forehead on his and deeply inhaling the scent of the forest and old spice.

“Derek, I…Wh-,’ she began, although she was completely breathless, right before he kissed her again, scattering her brain. “Does this mean…” Marie managed, trying to speak again but was only pulled into another kiss.

“Shhh…” he commanded between kisses and grabbing her waist and pulling her closer to him. The kiss came to an end and Marie laid her head on his strong shoulder with his arm around her.

“Derek.” 

“Wait, let me talk first. I don’t know what just happened, but I’m not sorry and I’m going to run away. I’m not scared. I just want to say, I like you, a lot.” She sat there, slightly stunned and immensely flattered.

“I like you too Derek.” She replied, grinning from ear to ear as he laced his rough fingers through hers and they stood. Marie couldn’t believe what was going on, she was lost in thought and love sick at the same time, causing her thoughts to jumble together as they formed. They walked to Tess’s room and stood by the door in the peaceful calm of the moonlit night. She felt him engulf her in a hug, pressing against her, and kissed again, setting her on fire and thinning her self control.

“I feel like I’ve known you my whole life.” he shared. Marie noticed the joy in his face and smiled back at him, relieved he felt like she did.

“Me too…I mean, I feel it too. I feel like we were supposed to find each other Derek. Like I knew you already.” Marie blushed, trying to explain how she felt. 

“That’s exactly how I feel.” Marie heard him whisper as he rested his forehead on hers. Her heart was beating a million miles an hour as he kissed her cheek and nuzzled into her, working his way farther down. When he pulled away he pressed his lips softly to her ear.

“Goodnight..” he whispered, letting his breath crawl down her neck and into her shirt where she so badly wished he could be. Marie’s breath picked up and she had to hold back a soft moan. However, she did manage her own goodnight.

“Sleep sweet Derek.”

Marie floated back to the bed and sunk into the sheets. Staring at the ceiling, she was acutely aware of the adrenaline coursing through her veins as she fell into a dream she didn’t remember the next morning.

~~~

Derek

He was woken up by beams of sun piercing the air and shining on his face. Derek rolled over to look at the clock and realized it was only nine. That meant she was probably here, he rolled on his stomach and stared out the window that had a full view of the forest. He stood up, only in his boxers, and peered into the mirror he had placed in his room. He noticed his body was toner then the last time he checked and was proud that all his hard work was beginning to pay off.

He slapped on his favorite pair of gym shorts and a tank and ventured outside. He took note of the sizzling sound coming from the kitchen and knew someone was cooking. But who could it be? No one in his family ever got up this early. 

Derek was hit by a wall of smells. First he took in the bacon, the delicious, mouthwatering bacon he wanted to inhale, next were the eggs, he was sure they were mixed with something…onions maybe?  He suddenly  smelt something different…vanilla? He quietly snuck down the stairs, as quickly as possible, hoping to catch them bye surprise. Maybe it was his mom, maybe it was his dad. He slipped into the kitchen and stopped.

‘Marie?’ He wondered to himself, completely puzzled. He stood in the doorway simply looking at her. He admired her long braid, soaking in the drops of sunlight, and eventually let his eyes drop lower, enjoying the view. He noticed her peek over her shoulder and jump out of her skin.

“Derek!” She yelled as she jumped and spun around, smiling wide at the sight of him. “You really should stop doing that, you’re starting to make me antsy.” She laughed nervously.

He gazed at her, enjoying the way the golden morning sun cascaded through the open windows of the house, enhancing her natural beauty. For the first time Derek realized how absolutely captivated he was with her. He knew this was fast, but his gut told him it was right. He saw her turn her attention back to the food she was making and began whistling a cheerful tune.

“Sorry. Good morning, how are you?” he inquired, clearing his throat and shifting in his seat. She turned her head to make momentary eye contact with him, silently telling him she still felt the same, and blushing before scrutinizing the food once more.

“I’m fine, thank you. What about you? How was your night?” she asked, obviously testing the water. He heard her heart pick up as she nervously adjusted herself, waiting for the answer. Derek rose from his seat and walked around the counter so he was about a foot away from her, and the food.

“It was…extraordinary.” he replied, choosing his words carefully and stepping behind her.

“That special uh?” she answered. Derek saw her move her head slightly to the right, looking at him with her peripheral vision. He wrapped both arms around her and nestled his chin in her shoulder.

“Defiantly…” he whispered, kissing her cheek softly. He gave a little squeeze and stepped away, only a moment later his mom walked down the stairs and to the kitchen.

“Oh! Marie, you didn’t have to do that. I was just coming down to start on breakfast.” Katherine explained. 

“Oh, I was just hungry. I really didn’t mind, I don’t think I made enough for everyone anyway.” Admitted Marie sheepishly. Derek walked to the kitchen and pecked his mom on the cheek, hoping for good graces and a yes when he asked for gas money.

“Well, you two take this here,” Katherine instructed, beginning to serve the bacon and eggs onto two plates, “and I will make enough for the rest of the wild things.” She laughed.

“Thank you.” said Marie making sure she turned on the manners.

“Ya, thanks mom. Hey, so um, I was hoping-” Derek started.

“You’re asking for money?” She accused.

“Umm, well.”

“Go ask your dad.” His mom said, chuckling.

“Oh so that’s a no.” Derek replied. He knew when the answer was ‘ask your father,’ it was usually because of two reasons. Either she wanted to watch you ask a stupid question in front of dad, or she didn’t feel like saying no. He headed for the living room with Marie, where they began eating and talking.

“This is delicious! You’re a good cook.” he complimented, winking at her casually, hoping she liked the attention. 

“Thank you good sir, many moons of practice.” she declared happily.

“Well, your practice made perfect. This is like fireworks in my mouth.” Derek said chuckling.

“Thanks. So let me get this strait, Tess and Jillian are your sisters and Alex, Chloe, and Ann are cousins?”

“Ya, and I have an older sister who’s a freshman in collage, her name is Laura. She’s a pain, but we love her anyways. She’s actually coming to visit right before spring break. You’ll probably get to meet her.” Derek wondered if it would be a bad idea to have his two sisters and his girlfriend all in cahoots.

“That’s cool. I only have one sister, she’s in eighth grade.” Marie added. He decided earlier to ask her out to go to the movies with him and decided he would do it now. He could feel his palms sweating and he felt the golf ball in his throat. He took one last gulp before he started.

“Hey, so what are you doing next Friday?” he was wishing as hard as he could that she didn’t have plans.

“Nothing, I don’t think, why? Wait…is this, like a date?” She had an enormous grin and she lifted one eyebrow into the air. He scooted closer and put a shaking hand on her knee and leaned toward her.

“Ya, like a date.” he cooed, he leaned forward and kissed her slowly, enjoying every second of skin contact that unraveled his mind in the best way possible. Suddenly, a scent he recognized as family, but couldn’t place due his minds current distracted state, drifted to him. The kiss ended and he opened his eyes to find Tess staring from the kitchen with her chin down to the floor.


ok! feeeeeedbaaack!!! <3 i would love love love to hear what you guys think! sooo sorry it took so long <3 hope you like it

    I’d never gone with the wind

    Just let it flow

    Let it take me where it wants to go to

    You open the door

    There’s so much more

    I’ve never seen it before

    I was trying to fly

    But I couldn’t find wings

    But you came along and you changed everything

    You lift my feet off the ground

    You spin me around

    You make me crazier, crazier

    Feels like I’m falling and I’m lost in your eyes

    You make me crazier, crazier, crazier

    Chapter 4
    Derek 
    “Wh- who? You’re not Tess…” He sputtered tripping over his words, breathless. 
    “Uh, s-sorry.” She replied, looking right at him, not shying away like most girls. 
    Derek was stunned by how beautiful she was. He completely forgot how badly he needed to use the bathroom and the fact that he was a shirtless, sweaty mess. He was abruptly hit by her intoxicating scent, sending a trail of pleasure through his nose and down his spine, he had to focus on not touching her. She smelled of sugar cookies and cinnamon and something his mind couldn’t decided on. One thing for sure, the wolf inside of him thought it was amazing.
    He caught her eye and held it, completely frozen for what seemed like way more then only a couple seconds. Derek, feeling an surge of confidence, contemplated going closer and realized he was holding his breath. Gathering his courage, he stepped sideways into the doorway she was standing in, lightly brushing up against her. She was only a couple inches shorter then him, which he liked. He kept his eyes locked with hers as she spoke.
    “No…um,” She started. Derek noted the pools of red forming on her cheeks as she slyly looked at his exposed body again. “I’m Marie. I’m sleeping over…here, tonight.” She spoke slowly, looking upward into his eyes. 
    Derek recognized her instantly, remembering their run in a couple weeks ago. He liked the way her lips moved as she formed her words, how she held him there, the way she stood commanding his attention without even trying.  Derek shifted his body deeper into the bathroom as she stood, comfortable with their proximity, and no intentions of moving. 
    “Ya,” he said clearing his throat, “I remember you…” Looking at her dirty blond curly hair framing her face perfectly, he couldn’t help but admire the tiny curls formed by her ears. Suddenly, he was reminded exactly why he came up here and almost couldn’t hold it any longer. “I,” Derek began, as he put a hand on her waist and lightly guided her across the doorjamb, “need to use the restroom.” He smiled sweetly and began closing the door, his eyes still fixed on her.
    “Sorry…for holding you up I mean.” Marie chuckled, blushing as she walked down the hall. Derek noticed her look back at him, grinning wide and smiling with her eyes. He breathed a sigh of relief as he finally got to use the restroom. He was elated that she was here to stay, and decided that he would have to do something about the way he was feeling, and soon. 
    Derek decided on a shower before dinner so he didn’t stink up the table. He turned the water on and tuned in down stairs as he removed his gym shorts that clung to his body and stepped into the water that rinsed him of his sweat. 
    “Tess!” He heard a voice he recognized as Marie’s whisper sharply.
    “What? What happened?” Tess replied curiously.
    “You could have warned me. I just ran into your beautiful, shirtless, older brother!” She confessed. Derek heard her pulse quicken and assumed she must be recalling the sight of him. He was thankful for the little things that came with being a wolf, like enhanced hearing. This made it a million times easier to confirm she felt the way he did. He didn’t bother with shampoo, he only needed to rid himself of the musk that clung to him after every workout. He stepped over the tub and wrapped a towel around his lower body.
    “Oh, he didn’t do anything stupid did he? He can be so irritating sometimes. Did he seem nervous? He usually cant handle girls, especially someone like you.” Derek could practically see Tess rolling her eyes. He hated when she did things like using blunt honesty against him, but he wasn’t worried about screwing things up with Marie. He could feel it in his gut, this would happen, he would make sure it did. 
    He walked into his room and grabbed the nearest pair of jeans and  a t-shirt to wear and walked down stairs loudly. He noticed it had begun raining since he got home, and was thankful he came in when he did.
    Derek found his entire family at the dining room table and wondered weather Marie thought the large group was intimidating, or if she was used to a crowd, like him. He pulled out the last chair, that coincidentally was across from her. He sat down and served himself a large mound of macaroni and cheese, along with two chicken breast, and half a plate-full of veggies. This act drew a stare from Marie, who wasn’t used to seeing a teenage boy consume half his weight in one meal.
    “Wow Derek, hungry?” Tess asked sarcastically, she looked to Marie who responded with a laugh and took another bite of her own food. Derek looked down at his plate, accessing for the first time exactly how much food he had gotten, and knowing full well he could eat every bite and not be bothered. He glared momentarily at Tess and turned his attention to Marie. He looked her right in the eye and found he couldn’t escape her hold, even if he wanted.
    “Don’t listen to Tess, she just jealous she cant have as much as I do because she’ll get bloated. Secretly she wishes she could eat like me.” He finished with a wry smile and a wink.
    “You must have some metabolism for your body to keep up with that much food.” said Marie confidently, continuing to keep him entranced. She began talking with their mom about something that Derek couldn’t hear. He was too busy secretly letting his bare foot wander across the tile floor to find her. He barely grazed her foot, lighting their skin on fire, and waited for her response. 
    She glanced at him, acknowledging his touch, and slid her cool foot over his while answering a question presented by his aunt. After the conversation had drifted away from her, she slowly worked her way up his calf  and back down, sending sparks throughout his entire body. Derek couldn’t believe the way the contact of their skin had affected him, he wanted more.
    After dinner the family went their separate ways. The younger ones were taken to bed by the adults and the older kids went to the living room for a movie. The storm was considerably worse and they decided on a scary movie to suit to atmosphere. They all crammed on an enormous couch, that could have been custom made for the family, and waited in anticipation. Again, he ended up next to Marie, whether it was their mutual attraction or fate forcing them together, he was thankful for he closeness he’d been gifted with.
    He couldn’t remember the name of the movie, or the basic plot, but he could remember the way her thigh was warm against his. Yes, he remembered very clearly the way she seemed to cling  to him with every tense scene, looking for safety. They were about half way through the horror film when the storm really picked up and the lights began to flicker.
    “Stupid old wiring.” Stated a nervous Tess. As she held tightly to Alex, who held just as tightly to her. Derek could feel Marie’s body tensing and suddenly there was a POP, and like that the lights were out. Left with only moon light and fear, Marie suddenly jumped and attached herself to Derek by grabbing tightly on his arm. His immediate reaction was to tense, ready for a fight, flexing his increasingly large bicep and secretly hoping to impress her. He soon relaxed and leaned close to Maries face, deeply inhaling in the alluring smell she possessed.
    “Don’t worry,” Derek whispered soothingly, his lips lightly brushing the smooth cheek close to her ear, “You’ll be alright, I promise…” He lingered close to her and felt a smile stretch across her cheekbones. Suddenly, the lights returned and the movie was started again. He thought he caught her glancing at him a couple times, but could only be sure by the way her heart picked up  when ever he looked.
    The movie came to an end, only after scaring the group half to death, at around 11:30. It then occurred to Derek that this meant he would have to say goodnight, and instantly felt his heart sink. There was a connection that he couldn’t explain between them and was curious to see where it would lead. He got off the couch and followed the group to the stair case. Due to his impeccable luck, or his lack of speed, he got to walk behind her and admire the figure he was already coming to love. He always had loved curvy girls.
    When they got to the top of the stair case they headed to bed, but before Marie followed Tess into the room she turned around, and looked strait at Derek. He returned the gaze, and stepped into the hall.
    “Goodnight.” Derek whispered, examining each fine feature on her beautiful face. She brought her chin upward and looked him in the eyes, cementing him to the flood. He loved those lips, and wanted nothing more then to discover what they would feel like on his own. 
    He didn’t want her quickly and all at once, no, he wanted her slow, and he wanted to savor every moment they touched. Marie’s eyes tore at him, pleading him to kiss her there, as she spoke and took a step backward toward Tess’s room.
    “Good night. Sleep sweet.” she cooed enchantingly as she shut Tess’s door.
    ~~~
    Marie 
    She rolled over in the chilled, queen sized bed she shared with Tess, still awake and not able to drift to sleep’s warm arms due to the bright crescent moon gracing her with its brilliant smile. Marie reached for Tess’s nightstand, hunting for her razor and the time. Finally discovering the phone on the far corner of the stand, she flipped it open and realized, much to her surprise, it was well past one. She had thought she had been lying their for longer then two hours.
    Marie wondered if he felt it too; the electricity that ran between them like two live wires looking for a connection, she was sure he did, but there were always fragments of doubt piercing her thoughts. The moments when their eyes met had seemed so incredible, but could it be that it was one sided? She rolled onto her stomach and wiped the mascara she was sure had smudged beneath her eyes.
    Sitting up, Marie glided across the floor to the heavy oak door that easily swung open at her request. Slowly, she wandered down the hall and went to the staircase and sat at the top. Her waving hair tickled the small of her back as she rocked her head back and forth and lost track of time while resting against the railing. She loved the way the wood glistened, and the way the moon light spilled over her.
    Marie slowly took noticed of shadows and sounds she hadn’t in the light of day, remnants of the movie played themselves over and over in her head and before she knew what was happening, the fear was crawling under her skin, and invisible invader. Suddenly a large shadow engulfed her and send chills up her spine. She was frozen stiff and scared to death. Her body tensed and her hands began forming fists.
    “Hello.” A tired, husky voice growled as Derek moved towards her rubbing his eyes.
    “Oh my g-! You, you scared me!” She scolded quietly. She turned to look at him, noticing the black wife beater that exposed his defined, muscular arms. Her eyes followed down his arm to where the tank clung to his toned middle and farther to the shorts hanging loosely at his hips. 
    “I’m sorry,” he whispered, “I didn’t mean to. I’m just light on my feet, always have been.”
    “Its ok, you’re lucky I didn’t hit you. That tends to be my first reaction when I get surprised.” Marie laughed, starting to feel relaxed with him there.
    “I’ll be right back, I’ve got to use the restroom.” he explained with a smirk on his face. As he walked to the restroom she thought she heard a chuckle slip from his lips. ‘Maybe this bathroom is good luck.’ She laughed to her self internally.
    Marie heard him approaching, but knew he was purposely being loud this time. He sauntered over to the staircase and gracefully settled next to her, letting their exposed legs touch.
    “What are you doing out here, now?” he asked, curiosity evident in his voice.
    “Couldn’t sleep, too many things on my mind.” Marie whispered back, surveying his face, wondering what lay behind his astounding, emerald eyes.
    “What’s on you’re mind exactly? Unless you don’t want to share, in that case ill just keep you company.” offered Derek with a grin. 
    “Nothing really. Just stupid things…” She shrugged, not knowing if she should admit she’d been too focused on him to sleep a wink. Marie noticed him looking at her, and wondered what he was thinking about. 
    “How long have you lived here?” He asked her.
    “Not too long, just since December.” Marie couldn’t believe it had only been a couple of months.
    “You moved from San Francisco right?” 
    “Yep good old San Francisco.” 
    “What’s your favorite thing about Beacon Hills so far?” This she had to really think about, but she finally decided on something.
    “The forest. Its so beautiful, I could spend hours out there. That’s my favorite thing to do, go exploring in the woods by my house, you find amazing things when you get lucky.” 
    “You can find magic in the woods ya know. Things you can’t imagine.”
    “Is that so?” she asked with a smile. Derek stayed silent, but lifted his hand to her chin, tilting it upward and pulling her toward him.
    “I‘m sure of it…” He half way whispered to Marie.
    Only inches from his handsome face she looked from his green eyes to his light pink lips, and back to his eyes. Marie was close enough to Derek for his breathtaking scent to flow through her nose and to the pleasure center of her brain, causing her to feel as if she were on ecstasy. In the magical moment before the inevitable kiss, she could feel the suspense as it hung in the air.
    “It’s beautiful…” she murmured, holding her breath.
    “You‘re beautiful…” he whispered, seconds before she felt the heat of his lips on hers, soft and smooth. She was being electrocuted with emotions and hormones as their skin burned on top of each other. She was sure her brain was melting, because she sure couldn’t feel it. 
    All she could feel at this moment was the incredible thing she had just been given, that she would never forget. It seemed that that fireworks going off in her mind lasted a life time, and when Marie came up for air she was completely content. She leaned back to look at him, eyes wide with pleasure, and stared at his beauty.
    “Wow.” She sang, overjoyed to the point of stupidity.
    “Yeah, I know.” he whispered as their lips met again, igniting sparks throughout Marie. After this kiss she held her face close to him, resting her forehead on his and deeply inhaling the scent of the forest and old spice.
    “Derek, I…Wh-,’ she began, although she was completely breathless, right before he kissed her again, scattering her brain. “Does this mean…” Marie managed, trying to speak again but was only pulled into another kiss.
    “Shhh…” he commanded between kisses and grabbing her waist and pulling her closer to him. The kiss came to an end and Marie laid her head on his strong shoulder with his arm around her.
    “Derek.” 
    “Wait, let me talk first. I don’t know what just happened, but I’m not sorry and I’m going to run away. I’m not scared. I just want to say, I like you, a lot.” She sat there, slightly stunned and immensely flattered.
    “I like you too Derek.” She replied, grinning from ear to ear as he laced his rough fingers through hers and they stood. Marie couldn’t believe what was going on, she was lost in thought and love sick at the same time, causing her thoughts to jumble together as they formed. They walked to Tess’s room and stood by the door in the peaceful calm of the moonlit night. She felt him engulf her in a hug, pressing against her, and kissed again, setting her on fire and thinning her self control.
    “I feel like I’ve known you my whole life.” he shared. Marie noticed the joy in his face and smiled back at him, relieved he felt like she did.
    “Me too…I mean, I feel it too. I feel like we were supposed to find each other Derek. Like I knew you already.” Marie blushed, trying to explain how she felt. 
    “That’s exactly how I feel.” Marie heard him whisper as he rested his forehead on hers. Her heart was beating a million miles an hour as he kissed her cheek and nuzzled into her, working his way farther down. When he pulled away he pressed his lips softly to her ear.
    “Goodnight..” he whispered, letting his breath crawl down her neck and into her shirt where she so badly wished he could be. Marie’s breath picked up and she had to hold back a soft moan. However, she did manage her own goodnight.
    “Sleep sweet Derek.”
    Marie floated back to the bed and sunk into the sheets. Staring at the ceiling, she was acutely aware of the adrenaline coursing through her veins as she fell into a dream she didn’t remember the next morning.
    ~~~
    Derek
    He was woken up by beams of sun piercing the air and shining on his face. Derek rolled over to look at the clock and realized it was only nine. That meant she was probably here, he rolled on his stomach and stared out the window that had a full view of the forest. He stood up, only in his boxers, and peered into the mirror he had placed in his room. He noticed his body was toner then the last time he checked and was proud that all his hard work was beginning to pay off.
    He slapped on his favorite pair of gym shorts and a tank and ventured outside. He took note of the sizzling sound coming from the kitchen and knew someone was cooking. But who could it be? No one in his family ever got up this early. 
    Derek was hit by a wall of smells. First he took in the bacon, the delicious, mouthwatering bacon he wanted to inhale, next were the eggs, he was sure they were mixed with something…onions maybe?  He suddenly  smelt something different…vanilla? He quietly snuck down the stairs, as quickly as possible, hoping to catch them bye surprise. Maybe it was his mom, maybe it was his dad. He slipped into the kitchen and stopped.
    ‘Marie?’ He wondered to himself, completely puzzled. He stood in the doorway simply looking at her. He admired her long braid, soaking in the drops of sunlight, and eventually let his eyes drop lower, enjoying the view. He noticed her peek over her shoulder and jump out of her skin.
    “Derek!” She yelled as she jumped and spun around, smiling wide at the sight of him. “You really should stop doing that, you’re starting to make me antsy.” She laughed nervously.
    He gazed at her, enjoying the way the golden morning sun cascaded through the open windows of the house, enhancing her natural beauty. For the first time Derek realized how absolutely captivated he was with her. He knew this was fast, but his gut told him it was right. He saw her turn her attention back to the food she was making and began whistling a cheerful tune.
    “Sorry. Good morning, how are you?” he inquired, clearing his throat and shifting in his seat. She turned her head to make momentary eye contact with him, silently telling him she still felt the same, and blushing before scrutinizing the food once more.
    “I’m fine, thank you. What about you? How was your night?” she asked, obviously testing the water. He heard her heart pick up as she nervously adjusted herself, waiting for the answer. Derek rose from his seat and walked around the counter so he was about a foot away from her, and the food.
    “It was…extraordinary.” he replied, choosing his words carefully and stepping behind her.
    “That special uh?” she answered. Derek saw her move her head slightly to the right, looking at him with her peripheral vision. He wrapped both arms around her and nestled his chin in her shoulder.
    “Defiantly…” he whispered, kissing her cheek softly. He gave a little squeeze and stepped away, only a moment later his mom walked down the stairs and to the kitchen.
    “Oh! Marie, you didn’t have to do that. I was just coming down to start on breakfast.” Katherine explained. 
    “Oh, I was just hungry. I really didn’t mind, I don’t think I made enough for everyone anyway.” Admitted Marie sheepishly. Derek walked to the kitchen and pecked his mom on the cheek, hoping for good graces and a yes when he asked for gas money.
    “Well, you two take this here,” Katherine instructed, beginning to serve the bacon and eggs onto two plates, “and I will make enough for the rest of the wild things.” She laughed.
    “Thank you.” said Marie making sure she turned on the manners.
    “Ya, thanks mom. Hey, so um, I was hoping-” Derek started.
    “You’re asking for money?” She accused.
    “Umm, well.”
    “Go ask your dad.” His mom said, chuckling.
    “Oh so that’s a no.” Derek replied. He knew when the answer was ‘ask your father,’ it was usually because of two reasons. Either she wanted to watch you ask a stupid question in front of dad, or she didn’t feel like saying no. He headed for the living room with Marie, where they began eating and talking.
    “This is delicious! You’re a good cook.” he complimented, winking at her casually, hoping she liked the attention. 
    “Thank you good sir, many moons of practice.” she declared happily.
    “Well, your practice made perfect. This is like fireworks in my mouth.” Derek said chuckling.
    “Thanks. So let me get this strait, Tess and Jillian are your sisters and Alex, Chloe, and Ann are cousins?”
    “Ya, and I have an older sister who’s a freshman in collage, her name is Laura. She’s a pain, but we love her anyways. She’s actually coming to visit right before spring break. You’ll probably get to meet her.” Derek wondered if it would be a bad idea to have his two sisters and his girlfriend all in cahoots.
    “That’s cool. I only have one sister, she’s in eighth grade.” Marie added. He decided earlier to ask her out to go to the movies with him and decided he would do it now. He could feel his palms sweating and he felt the golf ball in his throat. He took one last gulp before he started.
    “Hey, so what are you doing next Friday?” he was wishing as hard as he could that she didn’t have plans.
    “Nothing, I don’t think, why? Wait…is this, like a date?” She had an enormous grin and she lifted one eyebrow into the air. He scooted closer and put a shaking hand on her knee and leaned toward her.
    “Ya, like a date.” he cooed, he leaned forward and kissed her slowly, enjoying every second of skin contact that unraveled his mind in the best way possible. Suddenly, a scent he recognized as family, but couldn’t place due his minds current distracted state, drifted to him. The kiss ended and he opened his eyes to find Tess staring from the kitchen with her chin down to the floor.
    ok! feeeeeedbaaack!!! <3 i would love love love to hear what you guys think! sooo sorry it took so long <3 hope you like it
     
  3. She takes her time with the little thingsLove notes reminding meShe wears red when she&#8217;s feeling hotI have her but that&#8217;s all I&#8217;ve gotShe looks best without her clothesI know it&#8217;s wrong but that&#8217;s THE WAY IT GOES
 

Chapter 2
Derek
Derek practically ran into the lunch room, Josh trailing behind him. He was ravenous! He suddenly felt like he could consume and entire cow, although logically he knew he could go weeks without food if need be; another perk of wolf hood. His teachers thought it was just because he was a “growing young man” but his mother knew better. She kept the house packed with food. Having a teenage boy was one thing but having a teenage wolf was in a whole other field. Grrrrgle! His stomach announced to the cafeteria, deciding to let everyone know how hungry he actually was.
“Ahhhhh!” Josh yawned with outstretched arms. “I’m so tired its not even funny, I have got to start going to bed before one. I’m officially a sleep addict, and I’m having withdrawals.” Josh whined, unaware of Derek who was not really listening at all, looking around the room as they got lunch. He wanted to see that girl again, she intrigued him and he had no idea why. He simply felt drawn to her, and he desperately wished she felt the same way.
“Dude, what’s wrong with you today? Earth to Derek, earth to Derek.” His friend chanted, swing his hand in Derek’s face.
“Nothing, it’s just… Nothing.” Derek shrugged.
“Oh now you have to tell me. Come on dude I’ve been your best friend since 3rd grade when you punched me in the eye and we had to sit in the principal’s office for an hour. What’s up?” Josh pestered.
“There’s this girl I met. Well, actually I kind of ran into her.”
“Wow, now you really have a shot.” Josh teased, laughing as they sat at an empty table.
“Shut up. I don’t know, there was just something about her.” Derek murmured as he laid his head, face down, on the table.
“What was so special?” Josh said while stuffing his face.
“She just…I don’t know. She’s not like the girls I’ve been with. Defiantly not like Kate.” He said picking at his food.
“Oh, so she has a soul. That really is a good character trait, don’t you think?” He muttered with a slight hint of irritation behind his words.
“Kate has a soul.” Derek snapped. ‘At least I think she has a soul…’ he thought silently. “Any way, Kate might not be a problem anymore…” He trailed off and laid his head on his arm.
He ate as quickly as he could, disappointed he hadn’t seen that girl. He wondered why she wasn’t there, or maybe she was and he just hadn’t seen her. He sure didn’t know why he cared. He didn’t even know her name, but man was that a face to remember.
He looked up at Josh.
“Hey man, I got to go, I forgot, I uh have lunch detention for Mrs. Suarez. She caught me with gum again.” Derek fibbed as he got up and threw the remaining napkin from his plate away. He looked up and scanned the lunch room one last time, looking for her.
“Ok, tell her she’s lookin fine today. I know that curvy woman just cant get enough of me!” He joked with a wink.
“Nasty dude! Ugh, you have a twisted sense of humor. See ya man.” Derek grimaced at the thought of his much older, obese teacher and walked out of the lunchroom into the deserted hall.
Derek walked around the corner and snuck out the side door, relieved to be out of there. He knew if he got caught the janitors would look the other way, but he would still rather not explain. He let out a deep breath and leaned against the brick. Looking around anxiously, he sniffed the air. The hairs on his neck suddenly stiffened and his heart beat sped up. He knew that smell, he knew it anywhere.
“Hello there.” Purred a small woman in her early twenties, as she rounded the corner. The look she wore on her face said business, but every seductive move said play. His primal instincts were excited and eager. He couldn’t help but be attracted to her. But the rest of him knew what he wanted, what he knew was right.
“Kate. What are you doing here?” He said in a husky voice. He was nervous, but he didn’t plan on showing it. He slowly backed down the wall as she inched closer. She hungrily looked up and down his body assessing his every move. He was scared of what might happen, and whether he would be able to control himself. She smiled and chuckled wryly.
“Same as you. Just hoping to bump into somebody…familiar.” Kate smirked. She made direct eye contact and slinked closer. Derek felt completely torn, so much of him wanted her so badly. She was right there and practically begging. He looked away hoping it would be easier, but as he did this she stepped in front of him and pressed herself into him. She wrapped her arms around his neck and grabbed the hair at the base of his neck tugging slightly. ‘Oh God…’ he thought. He hated she knew just what to do to drive him mad.
“Look at me sweet heart, I want to see that pretty face.” She cooed. She put her face by his collar bone and breathed lightly, turning him on more then he could imagine. She leaned on him again pushing her breast against him and he could feel himself getting hard. She began kissing his collar bone lightly, working her way up to his neck. He could feel her hands wandering over his biceps, on his chest and finally down to his six pack (that he’d so hard for), inch by inch making it harder to think.
“I missed you…hmmm.” She moaned. He felt like he was on ecstasy, he couldn’t think straight with her around him. He knew what was going on was illegal and had to stop, he just couldn’t bring himself to make it end. The animal inside of him was begging, pleading with him just to let it happed like it had before. It wanted nothing more for them to run back to her car and do everything she would let him.
Instead of doing what he planned, he looked down and was pulled into a kiss. He felt her skin against his and didn’t want to stop himself. He grabbed her small hips and turned her so she was pressed against the wall. He felt his pants getting tight and uncomfortable and he leaned on her. He wanted her so badly he couldn’t think strait. He kissed her again, harder. Their mouths danced to an intoxicating rhythm, weaving in and out of each other instinctively.
“St-stop,“ He took a long deep breath and leaned back. “Kate, I…this, we cant do this anymore.” He sighed as she grabbed the front of his jeans and pulled him even closer. He let out a loud breath and looked up, hoping looking away would convince his body that his mind was right.
“Stop what? I don’t see anything going on here…” she said as she slid her hand into his pants, caressing the sensitive skin directly under his abdomen. He knew, if he let her go any further, he wouldn’t be able to say no.
“Kate. Kate stop.” He looked down at her and pulled away. “I’m serious. I cant see you like this anymore.” Her hands fell and she looked away. Gritting her teeth angrily and began to move away.
“What are you saying?” She demanded through a locked jaw, knowing exactly what was coming.
“Kate, I…I can’t…we cant be together anymore.”
Ominous silence surrounded the previously happy couple. She simply crossed her arms and sauntered down the wall. Suddenly, Kate turned and placed a hand on her cocked hip.
“You’ll regret this.” She said sharply with a strait face, but as she turned on her heals and sashayed away in the direction of her car, hips swinging tauntingly the entire way, Derek caught a glimpse of her face. What he focused on was not her anger, but those caramel eyes laced with pools of emotion. Behind the anger and malice on the surface, there was true hate and a mixture of sorrow. He caused this. However the smirk that stretched across her lips along with those haunting eyes sent shivers down his spine.
He walked inside the school and down the hall. He knew Kate was dangerous, no matter how small she was, that’s what worried him. He reached in his pocket for the keys to the van, hoping to skip the next hour or two.
Empty? Wait why is his pocket empty&#8230;?
‘Oh no,’ he thought angrily.
“Damn it Tess!”
~
Marie
She nervously walked up to the lunch room, hoping to see Tess soon. Peeking around the corner she saw a busy cafeteria filled with the majority of the student body: which wasn’t much. She looked around, quickly processing each face and didn’t see Tess anywhere. ‘What if she is trying to make you look stupid,’ Marie contemplated, knowing deep down that Tess’ warmth towards her was probably too good to be true. Feeling a presence next to her, she glanced to her right and was instantly relieved.
“Whatcha looking for?” Tess inquired, leaning against the pole that separated the doorway. She wore a red long sleeve shirt with jeans and white sandals. Her dark hair framed her face with slight curls that reached down to her waist. Marie couldn’t help but be slightly intimidated.
“Oh, um you. I was looking for you. Can I still eat lunch with you and your friends? I mean, I don’t have to if there isn’t any room.” Marie spoke, internally rolling her eyes due to embarrassment.
“Yeah, absolutely! But we wont be eating here, we thought we’d drive in town. Wanna come?” She asked, turning on her toes for the nearest exit.
“Sure,” Marie began slowly, as she uneasily followed Tess out the door and toward the parking lot. “But I thought only juniors and seniors were allowed to leave campus for lunch?” She questioned.
“Yeah, and?” Tess replied with a grin. She walked toward a minivan swinging a key ring on her finger. “Still wanna come?” She invited, eyeing Marie playfully.
She apprehensively crossed the threshold of the school door way, making the decision to go with them. It was worth skipping lunch, plus she needed a little rebellion.
As they approached the van Marie spotted an older girl sitting in the drivers seat. Tess hopped in the passenger seat, tossing the keys at her, and Marie got in the back with a thin girl who had a pretty face and a crooked nose. She smiled and closed the door.
“Who’s your pretty friend Tess?” Asked the girl in the drivers seat as she weaved through the parking lot and left campus. She had a blond pixie cut that flirted with her neck and several piercings.
“Oh yeah, guys this is Marie. She just moved here from San Francisco.” Tess gestured towards her. She twisted around in her seat so she was looking at Marie. While pointing to the side with her thumb, she began introducing the girls. “This is Bridget, she’s a junior. She looks tough, but she’s harmless! Right Bridge?”
“Wha-? Oh yeah, don’t mind me, or my lip ring for that matter.” She laughed, keeping her eyes on the road and driving further away from school.
“And this is Katy, she’s a sophomore, like us.” Katy waved. She looked nice enough, Marie hoped to be friends with both of these girls.
“So what do you guys feel like eating? I don’t know about you but I’m craving some Taco Bueno.” Tess said as she sat back in her seat.
“I’m good with that if you guys are.” Replied Bridget as she turned into the parking lot. When the engine shut off they piled out of the van. Marie looked at the girls and smiled.
“So, did you guys grow up here?“ She asked, secretly hoping that one of them was like her.
“No, I’m from Utah. We moved when I was ten. You’re from San Francisco though, that must be so cool! I’ve never been anywhere like that!” Katy squealed excitedly
“Well, I guess. Its super big, easy to get lost in the crowd. I like it here so far though. Its really beautiful.” she concluded while walking towards Taco Bueno. Tess gave Bridget a playful side bump, causing the girls to laugh.
Inside, they sat on swivel stools around a high table and devoured their imitation Mexican food.
“So, what do you guys do for fun around here?” inquired Marie as she looked around at the girls she hoped to called friends
“Well I’m cheerleader. I love it and I’m pretty good.” Chirped Katy.
“I play the violin, does that count?” asked Bridget. They all turned and looked at Tess.
“What? Why do you guys just assume I have some amazing talent like you guys?” She said matter-of-factly.
“Well I can do something kind of cool, I guess.” All three kept their eyes on Tess, waiting.
“Ok, just stay here and watch.” She hopped down from her stool and made her way over to the empty Taco Bueno counter. She turned and winked at the girls and said jokingly, “Hope you guys want more drinks.”
“Hello? Excuse me?” she sang. She braced her hips against the counter and leaned forward seductively. “Hellllo?” she cooed.
“Uh, hi…” said a gangly man, probably in his early twenties. He shifted forward from the back of the establishment and rubbed the back his head.
Tess leaned forward and smiled warmly. Looking him directly in the eye, she began, “We have just a tiny problem over there. You see, when we ordered, we got all our food but you forgot to give us the drinks.” While keeping eye contact, she slid her hand across the counter so it lightly brushed his. “Would you mind giving them to us now? I mean, if you don’t mind…”
“Uh…well, um I guess that’s, uh ok…” He blushed a little and made his way to the soda fountain, not really sure why he was doing what she asked. He walked back over to Tess and handed her the drinks.
“Thanks!” She said with a bright smile and skipped away. As she approached the table she looked around at everybody. She hopped up on the stool and laughed.
“The power of persuasion.” She stated with a grin.
~
Derek
He sat impatiently in the car, sisterless, keyless, and slightly chilled.
‘Where could she possible be?! I’m freezing! Boy am I gunna give her hell the next time we hunt!’ he thought bitterly. Derek wrapped his arms around his sides, listening to the leather jacket he had gotten for Christmas crunch around him.
“Uhhh” he sighed. He laid his forehead on the wheel and hoping Tess would be there soon. It had already been ten minutes, and she was never going to hear the end of this.
A shiver ran through him and he realized how cold he really was. He wished he could get warm and he suddenly thought of a way. He had been working on controlling his “extra abilities” with his dad recently, and if he was able to control it he was sure he’d heat up.
He leaned back and tried to concentrate. He knew he had to think of something that would get him mad. Closing his eyes he imagined Tess’ face, swollen and horrified. Tears streaming down her cheeks, as she looked up at Dylan, who he hit her again. Derek’s entire body rumbled as he held back a roar. In that moment he wanted to tear him apart and watch him suffer! His body tremored and he could feel it happening. His claws began to reveal themselves and his side burns became thicker. Slowly, he came back to reality, putting his hands on his head, he tried to calm himself.
It had worked, he was right! Derek could feel the heat radiating off of him in waves. Now he had to focus on control. He hoped that he could remember everything his dad told him about steady breathing lowering your heart rate. Soon he was focused on relaxing and controlling his breathing.
‘Its ok,’ He consoled himself, ‘just focus.’ And that’s what his did, for what felt like another ten minutes he just breathed. Completely focused on what he was doing, and warm, he was interrupted by the car door opening.
“Finally.” He said snidely as him and Tess drove away.

 

 

 

 
    She takes her time with the little things
    Love notes reminding me
    She wears red when she’s feeling hot
    I have her but that’s all I’ve got
    She looks best without her clothes
    I know it’s wrong but that’s THE WAY IT GOES
     

    Chapter 2

    Derek

    Derek practically ran into the lunch room, Josh trailing behind him. He was ravenous! He suddenly felt like he could consume and entire cow, although logically he knew he could go weeks without food if need be; another perk of wolf hood. His teachers thought it was just because he was a “growing young man” but his mother knew better. She kept the house packed with food. Having a teenage boy was one thing but having a teenage wolf was in a whole other field. Grrrrgle! His stomach announced to the cafeteria, deciding to let everyone know how hungry he actually was.

    “Ahhhhh!” Josh yawned with outstretched arms. “I’m so tired its not even funny, I have got to start going to bed before one. I’m officially a sleep addict, and I’m having withdrawals.” Josh whined, unaware of Derek who was not really listening at all, looking around the room as they got lunch. He wanted to see that girl again, she intrigued him and he had no idea why. He simply felt drawn to her, and he desperately wished she felt the same way.

    “Dude, what’s wrong with you today? Earth to Derek, earth to Derek.” His friend chanted, swing his hand in Derek’s face.

    “Nothing, it’s just… Nothing.” Derek shrugged.

    “Oh now you have to tell me. Come on dude I’ve been your best friend since 3rd grade when you punched me in the eye and we had to sit in the principal’s office for an hour. What’s up?” Josh pestered.

    “There’s this girl I met. Well, actually I kind of ran into her.”

    “Wow, now you really have a shot.” Josh teased, laughing as they sat at an empty table.

    “Shut up. I don’t know, there was just something about her.” Derek murmured as he laid his head, face down, on the table.

    “What was so special?” Josh said while stuffing his face.

    “She just…I don’t know. She’s not like the girls I’ve been with. Defiantly not like Kate.” He said picking at his food.

    “Oh, so she has a soul. That really is a good character trait, don’t you think?” He muttered with a slight hint of irritation behind his words.

    “Kate has a soul.” Derek snapped. ‘At least I think she has a soul…’ he thought silently. “Any way, Kate might not be a problem anymore…” He trailed off and laid his head on his arm.

    He ate as quickly as he could, disappointed he hadn’t seen that girl. He wondered why she wasn’t there, or maybe she was and he just hadn’t seen her. He sure didn’t know why he cared. He didn’t even know her name, but man was that a face to remember.

    He looked up at Josh.

    “Hey man, I got to go, I forgot, I uh have lunch detention for Mrs. Suarez. She caught me with gum again.” Derek fibbed as he got up and threw the remaining napkin from his plate away. He looked up and scanned the lunch room one last time, looking for her.

    “Ok, tell her she’s lookin fine today. I know that curvy woman just cant get enough of me!” He joked with a wink.

    “Nasty dude! Ugh, you have a twisted sense of humor. See ya man.” Derek grimaced at the thought of his much older, obese teacher and walked out of the lunchroom into the deserted hall.

    Derek walked around the corner and snuck out the side door, relieved to be out of there. He knew if he got caught the janitors would look the other way, but he would still rather not explain. He let out a deep breath and leaned against the brick. Looking around anxiously, he sniffed the air. The hairs on his neck suddenly stiffened and his heart beat sped up. He knew that smell, he knew it anywhere.

    “Hello there.” Purred a small woman in her early twenties, as she rounded the corner. The look she wore on her face said business, but every seductive move said play. His primal instincts were excited and eager. He couldn’t help but be attracted to her. But the rest of him knew what he wanted, what he knew was right.

    “Kate. What are you doing here?” He said in a husky voice. He was nervous, but he didn’t plan on showing it. He slowly backed down the wall as she inched closer. She hungrily looked up and down his body assessing his every move. He was scared of what might happen, and whether he would be able to control himself. She smiled and chuckled wryly.

    “Same as you. Just hoping to bump into somebody…familiar.” Kate smirked. She made direct eye contact and slinked closer. Derek felt completely torn, so much of him wanted her so badly. She was right there and practically begging. He looked away hoping it would be easier, but as he did this she stepped in front of him and pressed herself into him. She wrapped her arms around his neck and grabbed the hair at the base of his neck tugging slightly. ‘Oh God…’ he thought. He hated she knew just what to do to drive him mad.

    “Look at me sweet heart, I want to see that pretty face.” She cooed. She put her face by his collar bone and breathed lightly, turning him on more then he could imagine. She leaned on him again pushing her breast against him and he could feel himself getting hard. She began kissing his collar bone lightly, working her way up to his neck. He could feel her hands wandering over his biceps, on his chest and finally down to his six pack (that he’d so hard for), inch by inch making it harder to think.

    “I missed you…hmmm.” She moaned. He felt like he was on ecstasy, he couldn’t think straight with her around him. He knew what was going on was illegal and had to stop, he just couldn’t bring himself to make it end. The animal inside of him was begging, pleading with him just to let it happed like it had before. It wanted nothing more for them to run back to her car and do everything she would let him.

    Instead of doing what he planned, he looked down and was pulled into a kiss. He felt her skin against his and didn’t want to stop himself. He grabbed her small hips and turned her so she was pressed against the wall. He felt his pants getting tight and uncomfortable and he leaned on her. He wanted her so badly he couldn’t think strait. He kissed her again, harder. Their mouths danced to an intoxicating rhythm, weaving in and out of each other instinctively.

    “St-stop,“ He took a long deep breath and leaned back. “Kate, I…this, we cant do this anymore.” He sighed as she grabbed the front of his jeans and pulled him even closer. He let out a loud breath and looked up, hoping looking away would convince his body that his mind was right.

    “Stop what? I don’t see anything going on here…” she said as she slid her hand into his pants, caressing the sensitive skin directly under his abdomen. He knew, if he let her go any further, he wouldn’t be able to say no.

    “Kate. Kate stop.” He looked down at her and pulled away. “I’m serious. I cant see you like this anymore.” Her hands fell and she looked away. Gritting her teeth angrily and began to move away.

    “What are you saying?” She demanded through a locked jaw, knowing exactly what was coming.

    “Kate, I…I can’t…we cant be together anymore.”

    Ominous silence surrounded the previously happy couple. She simply crossed her arms and sauntered down the wall. Suddenly, Kate turned and placed a hand on her cocked hip.

    “You’ll regret this.” She said sharply with a strait face, but as she turned on her heals and sashayed away in the direction of her car, hips swinging tauntingly the entire way, Derek caught a glimpse of her face. What he focused on was not her anger, but those caramel eyes laced with pools of emotion. Behind the anger and malice on the surface, there was true hate and a mixture of sorrow. He caused this. However the smirk that stretched across her lips along with those haunting eyes sent shivers down his spine.

    He walked inside the school and down the hall. He knew Kate was dangerous, no matter how small she was, that’s what worried him. He reached in his pocket for the keys to the van, hoping to skip the next hour or two.

    Empty? Wait why is his pocket empty…?

    ‘Oh no,’ he thought angrily.

    “Damn it Tess!”

    ~

    Marie

    She nervously walked up to the lunch room, hoping to see Tess soon. Peeking around the corner she saw a busy cafeteria filled with the majority of the student body: which wasn’t much. She looked around, quickly processing each face and didn’t see Tess anywhere. ‘What if she is trying to make you look stupid,’ Marie contemplated, knowing deep down that Tess’ warmth towards her was probably too good to be true. Feeling a presence next to her, she glanced to her right and was instantly relieved.

    “Whatcha looking for?” Tess inquired, leaning against the pole that separated the doorway. She wore a red long sleeve shirt with jeans and white sandals. Her dark hair framed her face with slight curls that reached down to her waist. Marie couldn’t help but be slightly intimidated.

    “Oh, um you. I was looking for you. Can I still eat lunch with you and your friends? I mean, I don’t have to if there isn’t any room.” Marie spoke, internally rolling her eyes due to embarrassment.

    “Yeah, absolutely! But we wont be eating here, we thought we’d drive in town. Wanna come?” She asked, turning on her toes for the nearest exit.

    “Sure,” Marie began slowly, as she uneasily followed Tess out the door and toward the parking lot. “But I thought only juniors and seniors were allowed to leave campus for lunch?” She questioned.

    “Yeah, and?” Tess replied with a grin. She walked toward a minivan swinging a key ring on her finger. “Still wanna come?” She invited, eyeing Marie playfully.

    She apprehensively crossed the threshold of the school door way, making the decision to go with them. It was worth skipping lunch, plus she needed a little rebellion.

    As they approached the van Marie spotted an older girl sitting in the drivers seat. Tess hopped in the passenger seat, tossing the keys at her, and Marie got in the back with a thin girl who had a pretty face and a crooked nose. She smiled and closed the door.

    “Who’s your pretty friend Tess?” Asked the girl in the drivers seat as she weaved through the parking lot and left campus. She had a blond pixie cut that flirted with her neck and several piercings.

    “Oh yeah, guys this is Marie. She just moved here from San Francisco.” Tess gestured towards her. She twisted around in her seat so she was looking at Marie. While pointing to the side with her thumb, she began introducing the girls. “This is Bridget, she’s a junior. She looks tough, but she’s harmless! Right Bridge?”

    “Wha-? Oh yeah, don’t mind me, or my lip ring for that matter.” She laughed, keeping her eyes on the road and driving further away from school.

    “And this is Katy, she’s a sophomore, like us.” Katy waved. She looked nice enough, Marie hoped to be friends with both of these girls.

    “So what do you guys feel like eating? I don’t know about you but I’m craving some Taco Bueno.” Tess said as she sat back in her seat.

    “I’m good with that if you guys are.” Replied Bridget as she turned into the parking lot. When the engine shut off they piled out of the van. Marie looked at the girls and smiled.

    “So, did you guys grow up here?“ She asked, secretly hoping that one of them was like her.

    “No, I’m from Utah. We moved when I was ten. You’re from San Francisco though, that must be so cool! I’ve never been anywhere like that!” Katy squealed excitedly

    “Well, I guess. Its super big, easy to get lost in the crowd. I like it here so far though. Its really beautiful.” she concluded while walking towards Taco Bueno. Tess gave Bridget a playful side bump, causing the girls to laugh.

    Inside, they sat on swivel stools around a high table and devoured their imitation Mexican food.

    “So, what do you guys do for fun around here?” inquired Marie as she looked around at the girls she hoped to called friends

    “Well I’m cheerleader. I love it and I’m pretty good.” Chirped Katy.

    “I play the violin, does that count?” asked Bridget. They all turned and looked at Tess.

    “What? Why do you guys just assume I have some amazing talent like you guys?” She said matter-of-factly.

    “Well I can do something kind of cool, I guess.” All three kept their eyes on Tess, waiting.

    “Ok, just stay here and watch.” She hopped down from her stool and made her way over to the empty Taco Bueno counter. She turned and winked at the girls and said jokingly, “Hope you guys want more drinks.”

    “Hello? Excuse me?” she sang. She braced her hips against the counter and leaned forward seductively. “Hellllo?” she cooed.

    “Uh, hi…” said a gangly man, probably in his early twenties. He shifted forward from the back of the establishment and rubbed the back his head.

    Tess leaned forward and smiled warmly. Looking him directly in the eye, she began, “We have just a tiny problem over there. You see, when we ordered, we got all our food but you forgot to give us the drinks.” While keeping eye contact, she slid her hand across the counter so it lightly brushed his. “Would you mind giving them to us now? I mean, if you don’t mind…”

    “Uh…well, um I guess that’s, uh ok…” He blushed a little and made his way to the soda fountain, not really sure why he was doing what she asked. He walked back over to Tess and handed her the drinks.

    “Thanks!” She said with a bright smile and skipped away. As she approached the table she looked around at everybody. She hopped up on the stool and laughed.

    “The power of persuasion.” She stated with a grin.

    ~

    Derek

    He sat impatiently in the car, sisterless, keyless, and slightly chilled.

    ‘Where could she possible be?! I’m freezing! Boy am I gunna give her hell the next time we hunt!’ he thought bitterly. Derek wrapped his arms around his sides, listening to the leather jacket he had gotten for Christmas crunch around him.

    “Uhhh” he sighed. He laid his forehead on the wheel and hoping Tess would be there soon. It had already been ten minutes, and she was never going to hear the end of this.

    A shiver ran through him and he realized how cold he really was. He wished he could get warm and he suddenly thought of a way. He had been working on controlling his “extra abilities” with his dad recently, and if he was able to control it he was sure he’d heat up.

    He leaned back and tried to concentrate. He knew he had to think of something that would get him mad. Closing his eyes he imagined Tess’ face, swollen and horrified. Tears streaming down her cheeks, as she looked up at Dylan, who he hit her again. Derek’s entire body rumbled as he held back a roar. In that moment he wanted to tear him apart and watch him suffer! His body tremored and he could feel it happening. His claws began to reveal themselves and his side burns became thicker. Slowly, he came back to reality, putting his hands on his head, he tried to calm himself.

    It had worked, he was right! Derek could feel the heat radiating off of him in waves. Now he had to focus on control. He hoped that he could remember everything his dad told him about steady breathing lowering your heart rate. Soon he was focused on relaxing and controlling his breathing.

    ‘Its ok,’ He consoled himself, ‘just focus.’ And that’s what his did, for what felt like another ten minutes he just breathed. Completely focused on what he was doing, and warm, he was interrupted by the car door opening.

    “Finally.” He said snidely as him and Tess drove away.