1. This is how i pictured Derek in my story guys!

    (Source: teenwolfnfic)

     
  2. When we were in our youth, 
we had dreams that we could fly.
We had friends that weren’t visible,
and love that never died.
And as we grow old,
I felt the pain we always knew
the truth love would heal,
if we stayed true,
to the dreams of our youth.
Chapter 10
waterfall
Derek
He sat impatiently against the dumpster that read “Beacon Hills Library”, almost gagging from the smell, and looked down at his phone, willing it to be midnight. His curiosity ate at him bit by bit and pushed him to stay, against his better judgment. Suddenly, he heard faint footsteps inside the building and the lock clicked open. Derek stood and slowly approached the entrance, apprehension creeping in with each step, he could still turn back…He gripped the door handle and slipped inside. With only two days since the full moon, the light poured through the large windows, gracing everything with an ire glow. He took a couple steps inside the small library, and ten yards in front of him, lying on the floor, was what looked like a folder. He crept over and picked it up. Opening it slowly, he looked at a single sheet of paper, with a single name. Gerard Argent.
~~~
Argent…where had he heard that name before? He sat in the bed of his truck, gazing at the clouds and searching them for answers. Why would someone want to kill his grandpa? Was it someone who knew? Or someone with some other reason to kill him? The more Derek dwelled on his questions, the more there were, and the more he want them answered. How much did he actually know about the grandpa that had passed him the single most important gene he had? 
“Whatcha thinking about over there?” Marie asked quietly. He sat there for a minute, looking at her looking up into the clouds.
“Nothing worth mentioning.” He answered. He had driven her out to a large field, mostly where couples went to have sex, but that’s not why he brought her here in mid afternoon on Sunday. 
“Just thought I’d ask, you’ve been awfully silent over there.” She stated as she sifted her weight closer to him. Marie took his hand and kissed his palm, sending tingles though his arm. She continued down his wrist and Derek forgot about his current confounded state. She wore a thigh length summer dress, with a daisy pattern on it, that showed her cleavage just enough. He had his other hand resting behind his head, leaving his whole chest exposed. Marie pressed herself into his side, resting her hand on his middle. It was all he could do not to think about her hand, and the couple weeks ago in her room. He was such an idiot, he should have been more careful. But it wasn’t like that with Kate, He didn’t even start to turn until they were already doing the dirty. Why Marie? He grabbed her hand and kissed each of her knuckles.
“Did I tell you look lovely?” He flattered as he looked over into her eyes and caught a dash of red flash on her cheeks and quickly fade. 
“No, but I could see you thought I looked nice by the way you kept glancing at me earlier when we were at your house. You should be more discreet about checking me out in front of your mom, and Peter, it just makings things awkward. I mean now that I know they can all heard your pulse rising.” She chuckled. Derek laughed, she was right, he hadn’t thought about that, but every time she smiled at him and his heart jumped, he was sure Peter was internally rolling his eyes in disgust.
“Hmm, well you look wonderful.” He concluded. 
Marie cleared her throat roughly. “So how fast are you exactly?” 
He looked over and chuckled, “Faster then you.” he laughed cockily. At least he thought he was faster then her.
“Oh well then, I’m pretty fast you know.” she retorted. She sat up and jumped out of the truck bed, kicking off her flats. He sat on the edge and his legs dangled, narrowly missing the ground. He looked over at a very old oak tree that stretched its branches at least a hundred feet from the trunk and couldn’t be more then a eighth of a mile away. 
“Ok, I’ll race you to that tree, loser carries the winner back.” he declared.
“Done!” Derek hopped off the truck and slipped his vans off to make it even.
“Good thing you’re strong.” He teased. “Go!” 
He ran all out as fast as his legs would carry him. Expecting her to quickly fall behind, he turned his head back to make sure she wasn’t too far back. To his surprise she was right over his shoulder, keeping up, and gaining on him! He pushed him self faster, and faster, but she kept up and slowly passed him. Only seconds behind, he watched as she slammed into the tree, and not thinking about having to stop, he slammed into her. Horrified, it was as if the moment was in slow motion, he could practically hear the breath forced out of her.
“Marie!” He shouted. “I’m so sorry! Are you, are you ok?” He asked. She turned around with a sour look on her face. 
“You’re pretty lucky I can heal, I think that tree has a Marie shaped dent…” She laughed. Derek was so relieved, at least she was making jokes, that was a good sign. There was a branch that was just out of his immediate reach, he lifted his arms and jumped up and caught it. He dangled there for a second before heaving his legs upward and wrapping them around the branch. He was hanging upside down, the world put in a new perspective, maybe that was what he needed to figure out who this Gerard was, a new perspective. His face was level with Marie’s as she walked up to him.
“Hey Spiderman, I hope you don’t mind…” She whispered as she pressed her lips to his. He could feel himself slipping and flexed his legs tighter as he reached down and traced her jaw with one hand as they kissed. She pulled away from him and smiled. “I’ve always wanted to do that.” Marie admitted as he figured his way out of the tree. She jumped on his back and he waded through the grass to the truck.
~~~ 
“Ok, goodnight…” Marie whispered and kissed his cheek. “I have to go to bed! We have school tomorrow.” 
“Alright, goodnight.” Derek slunk out her window and turned back to catch her smiling at him before he jogged away. He walked down the road and into the woods where he got down on all fours and raced towards his house. He stood up and walked up the dirt drive way, but didn’t see the shadow on the porch until it was too late.
“Where have you been?” His dad demanded angrily. 
“Who’s Gerard Argent?” he retorted with more attitude then he intended.
“Where did you…”
“I know he has something to do with grandma and grandpa’s death.” He added as he stepped up to the porch, “And I know you’ve been avoiding my questions, and I know its painful dad, but I deserve an explanation, don’t you think I should know why I didn’t get to grow up with my grandparents?”
His fathers face hardened and he looked away. “You don’t know what your talking about, it doesn’t concern you.” His dad said coldly as he turned his back to him.
“Wait.” he tried, not wanting this opportunity to slip away.
“Just go to bed, no sneaking out.” 
“Dad!” he challenged. His dad darkly turned his head over his shoulder, he gripped the railing, marking it clearly, and looked at Derek. He knew his dad wouldn’t hurt him, but that didn’t mean he didn’t scare the shit out of him as his eyes turned a sickly shade of red and he turned to face him.
“You really want to know Derek?” He said humorlessly. “You really wanna know…He’s a hunter. You want to know what happened to your grandpa and grandma? They were murdered by someone who could care less about what kind of people they were. They say there’s a code, there’s no code…” His dad said with a sick humor as he calmed down and looked at the floor, a tear dripping onto the wood. 
“Da-” Derek tried but his throat had gone bone dry. He cleared it and tried again. “Dad, why didn’t you ever tell me…Tess?” His dad looked out into the forest.
“I spent my childhood aware that there were people trying to kills us, even though we‘d done nothing. Your grandpa never harmed anyone, he was very careful. He taught me to be just as careful, and I’ve taught each of you. But they didn’t care, they said ‘Anything that out of control is better off dead’. I didn’t want that for you, that constant fear, and when that man left, there was hope. I wanted you to have a chance to be children…” His dad finally finished. 
Derek felt like he needed to sit down, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. There were hunters… who killed because they could. 
“Speaking of being careful, Derek I need to ask you about Marie, she’s a sweet girl but I‘ve noticed you guys are very serious…”
“Yeah… It’s just, I’ve never met anybody like her dad…I mean, ok keep this between us, I don’t want mom running off and picking wedding dresses, but Marie is really special to me…” His dad nodded in agreement. “Oh…and something else. So when you were my age, was there ever one person that you couldn’t control it when you were…doing stuff.”
“I’m not following..” His dad said confused. Uh, great he was going to have to go into more detail.
“Like when you did stuff with one girl and it was fine, but with a different girl it was out of control…” he willed his dad to understand, cause’ that was as much detail as he was going into.
“Uh, that’s funny…” His father chuckled. What was funny, why was this funny? “When I met your mother I couldn’t keep myself away from her, we were like magnets. We did everything fast, and that was ok with me, but I specifically remember she brought out my wolf like no other girl. Your body, your instincts, they have a way of knowing who your supposed to be with, before you mind does.” His dad looked over at him. “So does this mean Marie knows?” He said dryly.
“Well actually…she’s not all human herself.” 
~~~
Marie 
Her favorite hoodie was soft against her skin as she walked along the back road to the gas station. Her mom hadn’t kept up on the shopping and Marie was hoping there was lunch meat at this place. Tuesday had followed it’s usual monotonous rhythm except the weird mood she was in. She didn’t really have a reason for being in a ‘fuck the world’ mood right now, but she was and she was ok with that… She spent most of the day listening to Kaity and Bridget prattle about some detail of spring break that was going awry and missing Derek. She felt so stupid, was she really one of those girls who couldn’t go twenty minutes without her boyfriend, who couldn’t talk about anything without mentioning his name once, with out thinking of him every second? Yes…
When they weren’t bickering, Bridget was talking to the new girl, Halsy. She enjoyed not being the “new girl” anymore, it was nice. This girl was short, dark hair down to her chin, and she had a darkness about her. Marie could never bring herself to dress that darkly, even though her moon matched it today. However, Kaity and Josh, who were now officially together, enjoyed nauseating everyone who had the misfortune of walking by. She knew exactly how they felt, completely and totally…addicted. It was the high that she got from him, the electricity that shot through her, that moment before their lips touched that time stopped and they spent eternity in anticipation. You don’t know how much you need air, until you have to hold your breath. She didn’t blame them, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t envy them. 
She trudged along into the small gas station, keeping her head down and going strait to the back. The light over head was a dingy yellow and flickered incessantly as she scanned the refrigerator for meat. Suddenly, she was nearly knocked into the refrigerator. Whipping around quickly, she saw a rather small woman in tight black clothes carrying a large container of gasoline and glancing around, as if she were about to get caught. She had a crooked nose, but other then that was pretty. Marie grabbed some turkey and headed for the counter directly behind the lady. Hoping her jacket would only consume her more, Marie slunk into it. After she paid she began walking home and caught the woman trying to hide the container in a large black SUV. Weird, maybe it was the Feds…
~~~
The next day when lunch finally rolled around she jumped out of her seat and practically ran to the lunch room. There he was, his wonderful, beautiful, amazing existence. She shouldn’t be this excited, but she was, she shouldn’t have missed him this much, but she did.  She caught his eye and grinned a mischievously. Derek finished his conversation and she saw him walking over. He grabbed her hand, lighting them both on fire, and walked out of the lunchroom and out of sight. Derek pressed her against the wall, her jaw in his hand, and leaned in to relieve the pulsating electricity that begged them to be connected. 
“Mr. Hale!” Coughed a prudish old woman. “Please, no personal affairs in the building.” She sank in despair…that meant she’d have to wait for after school.
She had to try not to run as she made her way out to the outskirts of the parking lot where Derek usually parked. She saw him and ran into his arms, throwing her bag on the floor, and cuddled into his chest. She lifted her head and before she could speak Derek pressed his lips to hers, she could breathe again and bathed in the glorious pleasure. She wrapped her arms around his neck and he wrapped his around her waist. She pulled back for a breath and laughed.
“I missed you.” She declared. 
“I missed you too.” he whispered.
They pulled up to the “Do Not Enter” sign and got out. As she opened the door, heat poured in and warmed her mood and her chilled body. The honey-golden sun shimmered through the trees and made her skin tingle with the satisfaction of warmth, it was like a jewel, no matter how offensive to her eyes, that brought her senses alive. Her and Derek were a couple miles deep into is family’s property walking along. It was mid afternoon and the sun shone down at an angle and gave everything it touched a glittering effect. She grabbed his hand and started running with him through the woods to somewhere new, she wanted somewhere new.
She laughed as she burst through the leaves of a large bush, but before she realized what was happening, she was slipping. She scrambled to get a hold on some roots, but everything she managed to get her hands on slipped right though her fingers, she just kept falling. Splash! She held her breath and when she didn’t hit the bottom after a couple of seconds she kicked furiously. After breaking the surface, and realizing she wasn’t dead, she looked up at Derek who was standing in shock. It was a water fall, probably only fifteen feet down, but a waterfall all the same. The crystal clear water flowing down it made a twenty foot deep pool at the bottom and kept flowing at a curve. 
“You should come in! The water is great!” She yelled, only half kidding.
“I’ll need to be more naked!” He answered.
“I can arrange that!” She announced as she began slipping off her jeans and shirt. She climb out of the pool and wrung out her clothes, laying them nicely on a fallen log. Derek had found his way through a torrent of branches to get to where she was and she faintly heard him walking up behind her. He put his hand on her side and looked down in concern. She looked down and noticed a large gash in her side that was already rapidly healing. 
She turned to look at him fully and noticed his shirtless state. Could there be something more beautiful? 
 Holding her tight in a hug, he kissed her collar bone, working his way up, unbearably slow, to her neck and jaw. She lightly trailed her nails down his back and pushed him closer. She sank onto the thick, sweet smelling grass and pulled him down with her. Derek continued kissing down her neck and in the center of her chest until she reached down, grabbed the opposite sides of her bra, and pulled it off. Derek’s hands were everywhere at once, her mind was having trouble of which parts of her was experiencing more pleasure. She put her hands above her head and arched her back as Derek kissed down her stomach, nipping her now and then and unhinging her sanity. Her breathing was hurried and erratic as he slipped her underwear to her knees. He ran his tongue through her slit and she let out and involuntary moan. She knew she must be soaking…
Derek reached down to his pocket and pulled out a condom. She forgot he didn’t know, she’d been on the pill since she was fourteen. Her body was aching for her to give in to the animal that screamed for more of him, all of him. She ran her hand up the back of his neck and through his hair, finally down his chest to his nipples.
“On the Pill…” She managed to whisper, throat completely dry. He brought himself back so their faces were level. Their tongues wrestled, vying for dominance, neither backing down. He had pinned both her arms with his and he looked up in her eyes.
“You’re sure?” Derek confirmed, completely out of breath. She nodded her head slightly as she looked into his soul. He kicked off his boxers and settled between her thighs, entering her gently. She sharply sucked in a breath as she got used to his size. She could see the animal in his eyes, the glowing blue swallowing up the green as he moved inside of her. His nails grew longer and pierced into her fore arms, only bringing her more pleasure. He moved faster now, rougher as his wolf took control and his canines grew in. He growled in ecstasy, bringing her closer. She moaned again, louder this time, partly from the pain, mostly from the pleasure. Derek brought his face to her neck and breathed heavily as he nipped her below her ear and sucked at her pulse point, continuing to rock against her, getting rougher the closer he came to finishing. She moaned his name as her body tensed, just on the edge and craving that extra push. She tightened her legs around him, pushing him deeper so he hit a group of nerves on her very back wall.
“Ahh!” She moaned loudly, not caring if anyone one could hear, as she came. Only a couple seconds later he came inside her, pushing her over that edge once more. They both lie intertwined on the forest floor, panting. Derek rolled over and lie on his back as he began to slowly change back. She stayed where she was, completely exhausted and unable to move. She brought her arms down to her side and Derek’s hand engulfed hers, massaging the back of it with his thumb. She didn’t know how long they laid there, listening to the forest around them and each others breathing, but she was so relaxed she could have fallen asleep right there.
Derek stood and easily pulled her up, put her in his arms, and walked down to the pool. 
“Thank you…” She whispered as she kissed his jaw sleepily. 
“Any time.” Derek breathed as he waded waist deep into the cool water and set her down.
~~~
(The next day around eight at night)
She walked out of her room into the kitchen where she saw her mom. She glanced at her, but noticed something strange and looked again. The skin around her eyes was red and irritated, from crying…
“Mom…what’s wrong?” Marie asked timidly. 
“It’s nothing her mom shrugged as she wiped her eyes. She looked down into her moms eyes, identical to her own, and hugged her.
“You don’t have to talk about it if you don’t feel like it…” It could have been any number of things, her mom would tell her in time. She released her, walked in the living room, got The Diary of Bridget Jones and put it in the DVD player. Her mom sat on the big couch as she went to the kitchen, served up two bowls of ice cream, and returned. They sat for an hour and a half, not saying a word, just being together. The movie finished and she looked at her mom.
“So, um…me and Sheriff Stalinski decided that it would be…for the best, if we took a break.” Her moms voice was weak, fragile, fighting the tears.
“Oh mom, I’m so sorry, I know you liked him.” Marie was at a loss, she didn’t really think a man who’s wife had died only a year ago should be dating, but he made her mom happy.
“I really liked him..” her mom said, defeat in her voice. Her mother lifted her hand and put it on Marie’s cheek. “I remember what it was like to be young and able to fall in love in days…Me and your father were like that. We used to be happy, a long time ago…”
She put in another movie and they both fell asleep like that, together.
~~~
Derek
He and Josh laid sprawled out on a tiny couch, eyes glued to the TV, fingers twitching on controllers. It was pitch black in the room, save the glow form the TV and the Xbox, which allowed him to see his best friends face and shoulders. The game stalled and Josh grunted in frustration. Derek noticed something strange on the back of his neck. He looked closer and saw five, finger shaped bruises on the back of his neck, just starting to form.
“Derek.” Josh said harshly.
“What!” he snapped, jerking his head up.
“Back to earth Derek, games working.” Josh laughed. “So have you sealed the deal with Marie yet?” Josh asked suggestively, eyes still fixated on the game, fingers still moving rapidly.
“That. Is none of your business.” Josh shoved his elbow into his arm, causing him to lose a life. “God, maybe…fine ok yes, but I swear to god if you tell anyone I told you I’ll put you in the top of a trees and leave you.” He joked halfheartedly. 
“Nice! God, her ass I swear…” Josh groaned as he shuttered.
“Dude, my girlfriends ass, completely off limits. But yes, dat ass…” They simultaneously shook their heads in agreement and laughed when they noticed.
“Die zombie scum!” Josh shouted as he jerked his control left and right, eventually flopping off the couch. Suddenly, the door jerked open and Josh’s step dad, Steve, stood in the doorway, light streaming in. Smoke floated in and Derek’s nose was offended with the stench of the alcohol on that man’s breath.
“Josh.” Josh’s step dad growled sharply. Derek could feel the anger billowing off of him, and he worried for his friend. “Come here.” Steve said as he glowered at Josh and motioned with his finger. He could barely feel Josh’s fear over the anger, but it was still there. Josh timidly walked out of the room.
“Yes.” Josh asked.
“Why are there dishes in the sink?” Steve asked cruelly.
“I don’t know, I did them, maybe mom came in and-”
“I don’t want excuses!” He yelled, specks of saliva flying on Josh’s face. Josh looked down to wipe the spit from his cheek with his hand. “Don’t look away from me while I’m talking to you!” Steve grabbed Josh’s arm and yanked him roughly into the kitchen, throwing him towards the sink. “Do it!”
“It’s three in the morning! And that hurt!” Josh shouted as he turned around.
“You think that hurt?” Steve, being a relatively large man, scaled the small kitchen in one step and wrapped his hands around Josh’s neck, barely not choking him. Losing his balance from the impact, Josh reached behind him, looking for support, but laid his hand on a knife, cutting himself open. Derek grabbed Steve’s shoulder and punched him in the face.
“What the hell do you think you’re-” Steve started, but trailed off as he noticed his eyes changing. He released Josh and stepped back, frozen as Derek’s canines came in and the bones in his face cracked and shifted. He grabbed the scruff of the drunkards shirt, pulling his face down to his no longer human one.
“I will kill you if you if you ever hurt him again. I will make it slow. I will make it painful, and the best part is that no one will come looking for your body, because no one cares about a tiny fraction of a man.” Derek shoved him back. Wide eyed, Steve stepped back and gaped at Derek.
“Get out! Both of you leave!”
~~~
Derek had skipped his last class, he just didn’t feel like school today. Josh had spent the weekend and the last couple days at his house and it had everyone stressed. He leaned on the bumper of his truck and was lost in his mind, thinking about everything that had happened lately. He hear a crunch and all off the sudden siring, agonizing, horrible pain and a white light behind his eyes. He fell to his knees and Kate stepped in front of him, grabbing his shoulders and squeezing the tops as he convulsed uncontrollably. Kate?! Kate…Argent! That name!
“Oh Derek…How have you been darling?” Kate cooed. “Do you like my new toy? Hmm, you always did like toys…” He jerked away from her as she grabbed his chin, turning his face this way and that. “Just enough voltage to stun you, and give me all the control.” He watched her helplessly, as she waved a small wand that glowed with electricity. “SO, this is how it’s going to work.” Kate chuckled. “The bell just rang, incase you’re too busy to notice, and the students are coming, so if you would stand please.” She said icily. He mustered all his energy and got to his feet, he stumbled to the drivers side of his car and leaned against it, catching his breath. Kate walked over and pressed herself against him, like old times… He was fully aware of the stunner near his side. He cringed away as Kate ran her hands through his hair and kissed him. Out of the corner of his eye he saw Marie.
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    When we were in our youth, 

    we had dreams that we could fly.

    We had friends that weren’t visible,

    and love that never died.

    And as we grow old,

    I felt the pain we always knew

    the truth love would heal,

    if we stayed true,

    to the dreams of our youth.

    Chapter 10

    waterfall

    Derek

    He sat impatiently against the dumpster that read “Beacon Hills Library”, almost gagging from the smell, and looked down at his phone, willing it to be midnight. His curiosity ate at him bit by bit and pushed him to stay, against his better judgment. Suddenly, he heard faint footsteps inside the building and the lock clicked open. Derek stood and slowly approached the entrance, apprehension creeping in with each step, he could still turn back…He gripped the door handle and slipped inside. With only two days since the full moon, the light poured through the large windows, gracing everything with an ire glow. He took a couple steps inside the small library, and ten yards in front of him, lying on the floor, was what looked like a folder. He crept over and picked it up. Opening it slowly, he looked at a single sheet of paper, with a single name. Gerard Argent.

    ~~~

    Argent…where had he heard that name before? He sat in the bed of his truck, gazing at the clouds and searching them for answers. Why would someone want to kill his grandpa? Was it someone who knew? Or someone with some other reason to kill him? The more Derek dwelled on his questions, the more there were, and the more he want them answered. How much did he actually know about the grandpa that had passed him the single most important gene he had? 

    “Whatcha thinking about over there?” Marie asked quietly. He sat there for a minute, looking at her looking up into the clouds.

    “Nothing worth mentioning.” He answered. He had driven her out to a large field, mostly where couples went to have sex, but that’s not why he brought her here in mid afternoon on Sunday. 

    “Just thought I’d ask, you’ve been awfully silent over there.” She stated as she sifted her weight closer to him. Marie took his hand and kissed his palm, sending tingles though his arm. She continued down his wrist and Derek forgot about his current confounded state. She wore a thigh length summer dress, with a daisy pattern on it, that showed her cleavage just enough. He had his other hand resting behind his head, leaving his whole chest exposed. Marie pressed herself into his side, resting her hand on his middle. It was all he could do not to think about her hand, and the couple weeks ago in her room. He was such an idiot, he should have been more careful. But it wasn’t like that with Kate, He didn’t even start to turn until they were already doing the dirty. Why Marie? He grabbed her hand and kissed each of her knuckles.

    “Did I tell you look lovely?” He flattered as he looked over into her eyes and caught a dash of red flash on her cheeks and quickly fade. 

    “No, but I could see you thought I looked nice by the way you kept glancing at me earlier when we were at your house. You should be more discreet about checking me out in front of your mom, and Peter, it just makings things awkward. I mean now that I know they can all heard your pulse rising.” She chuckled. Derek laughed, she was right, he hadn’t thought about that, but every time she smiled at him and his heart jumped, he was sure Peter was internally rolling his eyes in disgust.

    “Hmm, well you look wonderful.” He concluded. 

    Marie cleared her throat roughly. “So how fast are you exactly?” 

    He looked over and chuckled, “Faster then you.” he laughed cockily. At least he thought he was faster then her.

    “Oh well then, I’m pretty fast you know.” she retorted. She sat up and jumped out of the truck bed, kicking off her flats. He sat on the edge and his legs dangled, narrowly missing the ground. He looked over at a very old oak tree that stretched its branches at least a hundred feet from the trunk and couldn’t be more then a eighth of a mile away. 

    “Ok, I’ll race you to that tree, loser carries the winner back.” he declared.

    “Done!” Derek hopped off the truck and slipped his vans off to make it even.

    “Good thing you’re strong.” He teased. “Go!” 

    He ran all out as fast as his legs would carry him. Expecting her to quickly fall behind, he turned his head back to make sure she wasn’t too far back. To his surprise she was right over his shoulder, keeping up, and gaining on him! He pushed him self faster, and faster, but she kept up and slowly passed him. Only seconds behind, he watched as she slammed into the tree, and not thinking about having to stop, he slammed into her. Horrified, it was as if the moment was in slow motion, he could practically hear the breath forced out of her.

    “Marie!” He shouted. “I’m so sorry! Are you, are you ok?” He asked. She turned around with a sour look on her face. 

    “You’re pretty lucky I can heal, I think that tree has a Marie shaped dent…” She laughed. Derek was so relieved, at least she was making jokes, that was a good sign. There was a branch that was just out of his immediate reach, he lifted his arms and jumped up and caught it. He dangled there for a second before heaving his legs upward and wrapping them around the branch. He was hanging upside down, the world put in a new perspective, maybe that was what he needed to figure out who this Gerard was, a new perspective. His face was level with Marie’s as she walked up to him.

    “Hey Spiderman, I hope you don’t mind…” She whispered as she pressed her lips to his. He could feel himself slipping and flexed his legs tighter as he reached down and traced her jaw with one hand as they kissed. She pulled away from him and smiled. “I’ve always wanted to do that.” Marie admitted as he figured his way out of the tree. She jumped on his back and he waded through the grass to the truck.

    ~~~ 

    “Ok, goodnight…” Marie whispered and kissed his cheek. “I have to go to bed! We have school tomorrow.” 

    “Alright, goodnight.” Derek slunk out her window and turned back to catch her smiling at him before he jogged away. He walked down the road and into the woods where he got down on all fours and raced towards his house. He stood up and walked up the dirt drive way, but didn’t see the shadow on the porch until it was too late.

    “Where have you been?” His dad demanded angrily. 

    “Who’s Gerard Argent?” he retorted with more attitude then he intended.

    “Where did you…”

    “I know he has something to do with grandma and grandpa’s death.” He added as he stepped up to the porch, “And I know you’ve been avoiding my questions, and I know its painful dad, but I deserve an explanation, don’t you think I should know why I didn’t get to grow up with my grandparents?”

    His fathers face hardened and he looked away. “You don’t know what your talking about, it doesn’t concern you.” His dad said coldly as he turned his back to him.

    “Wait.” he tried, not wanting this opportunity to slip away.

    “Just go to bed, no sneaking out.” 

    “Dad!” he challenged. His dad darkly turned his head over his shoulder, he gripped the railing, marking it clearly, and looked at Derek. He knew his dad wouldn’t hurt him, but that didn’t mean he didn’t scare the shit out of him as his eyes turned a sickly shade of red and he turned to face him.

    “You really want to know Derek?” He said humorlessly. “You really wanna know…He’s a hunter. You want to know what happened to your grandpa and grandma? They were murdered by someone who could care less about what kind of people they were. They say there’s a code, there’s no code…” His dad said with a sick humor as he calmed down and looked at the floor, a tear dripping onto the wood. 

    “Da-” Derek tried but his throat had gone bone dry. He cleared it and tried again. “Dad, why didn’t you ever tell me…Tess?” His dad looked out into the forest.

    “I spent my childhood aware that there were people trying to kills us, even though we‘d done nothing. Your grandpa never harmed anyone, he was very careful. He taught me to be just as careful, and I’ve taught each of you. But they didn’t care, they said ‘Anything that out of control is better off dead’. I didn’t want that for you, that constant fear, and when that man left, there was hope. I wanted you to have a chance to be children…” His dad finally finished. 

    Derek felt like he needed to sit down, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing. There were hunters… who killed because they could. 

    “Speaking of being careful, Derek I need to ask you about Marie, she’s a sweet girl but I‘ve noticed you guys are very serious…”

    “Yeah… It’s just, I’ve never met anybody like her dad…I mean, ok keep this between us, I don’t want mom running off and picking wedding dresses, but Marie is really special to me…” His dad nodded in agreement. “Oh…and something else. So when you were my age, was there ever one person that you couldn’t control it when you were…doing stuff.”

    “I’m not following..” His dad said confused. Uh, great he was going to have to go into more detail.

    “Like when you did stuff with one girl and it was fine, but with a different girl it was out of control…” he willed his dad to understand, cause’ that was as much detail as he was going into.

    “Uh, that’s funny…” His father chuckled. What was funny, why was this funny? “When I met your mother I couldn’t keep myself away from her, we were like magnets. We did everything fast, and that was ok with me, but I specifically remember she brought out my wolf like no other girl. Your body, your instincts, they have a way of knowing who your supposed to be with, before you mind does.” His dad looked over at him. “So does this mean Marie knows?” He said dryly.

    “Well actually…she’s not all human herself.” 

    ~~~

    Marie 

    Her favorite hoodie was soft against her skin as she walked along the back road to the gas station. Her mom hadn’t kept up on the shopping and Marie was hoping there was lunch meat at this place. Tuesday had followed it’s usual monotonous rhythm except the weird mood she was in. She didn’t really have a reason for being in a ‘fuck the world’ mood right now, but she was and she was ok with that… She spent most of the day listening to Kaity and Bridget prattle about some detail of spring break that was going awry and missing Derek. She felt so stupid, was she really one of those girls who couldn’t go twenty minutes without her boyfriend, who couldn’t talk about anything without mentioning his name once, with out thinking of him every second? Yes…

    When they weren’t bickering, Bridget was talking to the new girl, Halsy. She enjoyed not being the “new girl” anymore, it was nice. This girl was short, dark hair down to her chin, and she had a darkness about her. Marie could never bring herself to dress that darkly, even though her moon matched it today. However, Kaity and Josh, who were now officially together, enjoyed nauseating everyone who had the misfortune of walking by. She knew exactly how they felt, completely and totally…addicted. It was the high that she got from him, the electricity that shot through her, that moment before their lips touched that time stopped and they spent eternity in anticipation. You don’t know how much you need air, until you have to hold your breath. She didn’t blame them, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t envy them. 

    She trudged along into the small gas station, keeping her head down and going strait to the back. The light over head was a dingy yellow and flickered incessantly as she scanned the refrigerator for meat. Suddenly, she was nearly knocked into the refrigerator. Whipping around quickly, she saw a rather small woman in tight black clothes carrying a large container of gasoline and glancing around, as if she were about to get caught. She had a crooked nose, but other then that was pretty. Marie grabbed some turkey and headed for the counter directly behind the lady. Hoping her jacket would only consume her more, Marie slunk into it. After she paid she began walking home and caught the woman trying to hide the container in a large black SUV. Weird, maybe it was the Feds…

    ~~~

    The next day when lunch finally rolled around she jumped out of her seat and practically ran to the lunch room. There he was, his wonderful, beautiful, amazing existence. She shouldn’t be this excited, but she was, she shouldn’t have missed him this much, but she did.  She caught his eye and grinned a mischievously. Derek finished his conversation and she saw him walking over. He grabbed her hand, lighting them both on fire, and walked out of the lunchroom and out of sight. Derek pressed her against the wall, her jaw in his hand, and leaned in to relieve the pulsating electricity that begged them to be connected. 

    “Mr. Hale!” Coughed a prudish old woman. “Please, no personal affairs in the building.” She sank in despair…that meant she’d have to wait for after school.

    She had to try not to run as she made her way out to the outskirts of the parking lot where Derek usually parked. She saw him and ran into his arms, throwing her bag on the floor, and cuddled into his chest. She lifted her head and before she could speak Derek pressed his lips to hers, she could breathe again and bathed in the glorious pleasure. She wrapped her arms around his neck and he wrapped his around her waist. She pulled back for a breath and laughed.

    “I missed you.” She declared. 

    “I missed you too.” he whispered.

    They pulled up to the “Do Not Enter” sign and got out. As she opened the door, heat poured in and warmed her mood and her chilled body. The honey-golden sun shimmered through the trees and made her skin tingle with the satisfaction of warmth, it was like a jewel, no matter how offensive to her eyes, that brought her senses alive. Her and Derek were a couple miles deep into is family’s property walking along. It was mid afternoon and the sun shone down at an angle and gave everything it touched a glittering effect. She grabbed his hand and started running with him through the woods to somewhere new, she wanted somewhere new.

    She laughed as she burst through the leaves of a large bush, but before she realized what was happening, she was slipping. She scrambled to get a hold on some roots, but everything she managed to get her hands on slipped right though her fingers, she just kept falling. Splash! She held her breath and when she didn’t hit the bottom after a couple of seconds she kicked furiously. After breaking the surface, and realizing she wasn’t dead, she looked up at Derek who was standing in shock. It was a water fall, probably only fifteen feet down, but a waterfall all the same. The crystal clear water flowing down it made a twenty foot deep pool at the bottom and kept flowing at a curve. 

    “You should come in! The water is great!” She yelled, only half kidding.

    “I’ll need to be more naked!” He answered.

    “I can arrange that!” She announced as she began slipping off her jeans and shirt. She climb out of the pool and wrung out her clothes, laying them nicely on a fallen log. Derek had found his way through a torrent of branches to get to where she was and she faintly heard him walking up behind her. He put his hand on her side and looked down in concern. She looked down and noticed a large gash in her side that was already rapidly healing. 

    She turned to look at him fully and noticed his shirtless state. Could there be something more beautiful? 

     Holding her tight in a hug, he kissed her collar bone, working his way up, unbearably slow, to her neck and jaw. She lightly trailed her nails down his back and pushed him closer. She sank onto the thick, sweet smelling grass and pulled him down with her. Derek continued kissing down her neck and in the center of her chest until she reached down, grabbed the opposite sides of her bra, and pulled it off. Derek’s hands were everywhere at once, her mind was having trouble of which parts of her was experiencing more pleasure. She put her hands above her head and arched her back as Derek kissed down her stomach, nipping her now and then and unhinging her sanity. Her breathing was hurried and erratic as he slipped her underwear to her knees. He ran his tongue through her slit and she let out and involuntary moan. She knew she must be soaking…

    Derek reached down to his pocket and pulled out a condom. She forgot he didn’t know, she’d been on the pill since she was fourteen. Her body was aching for her to give in to the animal that screamed for more of him, all of him. She ran her hand up the back of his neck and through his hair, finally down his chest to his nipples.

    “On the Pill…” She managed to whisper, throat completely dry. He brought himself back so their faces were level. Their tongues wrestled, vying for dominance, neither backing down. He had pinned both her arms with his and he looked up in her eyes.

    “You’re sure?” Derek confirmed, completely out of breath. She nodded her head slightly as she looked into his soul. He kicked off his boxers and settled between her thighs, entering her gently. She sharply sucked in a breath as she got used to his size. She could see the animal in his eyes, the glowing blue swallowing up the green as he moved inside of her. His nails grew longer and pierced into her fore arms, only bringing her more pleasure. He moved faster now, rougher as his wolf took control and his canines grew in. He growled in ecstasy, bringing her closer. She moaned again, louder this time, partly from the pain, mostly from the pleasure. Derek brought his face to her neck and breathed heavily as he nipped her below her ear and sucked at her pulse point, continuing to rock against her, getting rougher the closer he came to finishing. She moaned his name as her body tensed, just on the edge and craving that extra push. She tightened her legs around him, pushing him deeper so he hit a group of nerves on her very back wall.

    “Ahh!” She moaned loudly, not caring if anyone one could hear, as she came. Only a couple seconds later he came inside her, pushing her over that edge once more. They both lie intertwined on the forest floor, panting. Derek rolled over and lie on his back as he began to slowly change back. She stayed where she was, completely exhausted and unable to move. She brought her arms down to her side and Derek’s hand engulfed hers, massaging the back of it with his thumb. She didn’t know how long they laid there, listening to the forest around them and each others breathing, but she was so relaxed she could have fallen asleep right there.

    Derek stood and easily pulled her up, put her in his arms, and walked down to the pool. 

    “Thank you…” She whispered as she kissed his jaw sleepily. 

    “Any time.” Derek breathed as he waded waist deep into the cool water and set her down.

    ~~~

    (The next day around eight at night)

    She walked out of her room into the kitchen where she saw her mom. She glanced at her, but noticed something strange and looked again. The skin around her eyes was red and irritated, from crying…

    “Mom…what’s wrong?” Marie asked timidly. 

    “It’s nothing her mom shrugged as she wiped her eyes. She looked down into her moms eyes, identical to her own, and hugged her.

    “You don’t have to talk about it if you don’t feel like it…” It could have been any number of things, her mom would tell her in time. She released her, walked in the living room, got The Diary of Bridget Jones and put it in the DVD player. Her mom sat on the big couch as she went to the kitchen, served up two bowls of ice cream, and returned. They sat for an hour and a half, not saying a word, just being together. The movie finished and she looked at her mom.

    “So, um…me and Sheriff Stalinski decided that it would be…for the best, if we took a break.” Her moms voice was weak, fragile, fighting the tears.

    “Oh mom, I’m so sorry, I know you liked him.” Marie was at a loss, she didn’t really think a man who’s wife had died only a year ago should be dating, but he made her mom happy.

    “I really liked him..” her mom said, defeat in her voice. Her mother lifted her hand and put it on Marie’s cheek. “I remember what it was like to be young and able to fall in love in days…Me and your father were like that. We used to be happy, a long time ago…”

    She put in another movie and they both fell asleep like that, together.

    ~~~

    Derek

    He and Josh laid sprawled out on a tiny couch, eyes glued to the TV, fingers twitching on controllers. It was pitch black in the room, save the glow form the TV and the Xbox, which allowed him to see his best friends face and shoulders. The game stalled and Josh grunted in frustration. Derek noticed something strange on the back of his neck. He looked closer and saw five, finger shaped bruises on the back of his neck, just starting to form.

    “Derek.” Josh said harshly.

    “What!” he snapped, jerking his head up.

    “Back to earth Derek, games working.” Josh laughed. “So have you sealed the deal with Marie yet?” Josh asked suggestively, eyes still fixated on the game, fingers still moving rapidly.

    “That. Is none of your business.” Josh shoved his elbow into his arm, causing him to lose a life. “God, maybe…fine ok yes, but I swear to god if you tell anyone I told you I’ll put you in the top of a trees and leave you.” He joked halfheartedly. 

    “Nice! God, her ass I swear…” Josh groaned as he shuttered.

    “Dude, my girlfriends ass, completely off limits. But yes, dat ass…” They simultaneously shook their heads in agreement and laughed when they noticed.

    “Die zombie scum!” Josh shouted as he jerked his control left and right, eventually flopping off the couch. Suddenly, the door jerked open and Josh’s step dad, Steve, stood in the doorway, light streaming in. Smoke floated in and Derek’s nose was offended with the stench of the alcohol on that man’s breath.

    “Josh.” Josh’s step dad growled sharply. Derek could feel the anger billowing off of him, and he worried for his friend. “Come here.” Steve said as he glowered at Josh and motioned with his finger. He could barely feel Josh’s fear over the anger, but it was still there. Josh timidly walked out of the room.

    “Yes.” Josh asked.

    “Why are there dishes in the sink?” Steve asked cruelly.

    “I don’t know, I did them, maybe mom came in and-”

    “I don’t want excuses!” He yelled, specks of saliva flying on Josh’s face. Josh looked down to wipe the spit from his cheek with his hand. “Don’t look away from me while I’m talking to you!” Steve grabbed Josh’s arm and yanked him roughly into the kitchen, throwing him towards the sink. “Do it!”

    “It’s three in the morning! And that hurt!” Josh shouted as he turned around.

    “You think that hurt?” Steve, being a relatively large man, scaled the small kitchen in one step and wrapped his hands around Josh’s neck, barely not choking him. Losing his balance from the impact, Josh reached behind him, looking for support, but laid his hand on a knife, cutting himself open. Derek grabbed Steve’s shoulder and punched him in the face.

    “What the hell do you think you’re-” Steve started, but trailed off as he noticed his eyes changing. He released Josh and stepped back, frozen as Derek’s canines came in and the bones in his face cracked and shifted. He grabbed the scruff of the drunkards shirt, pulling his face down to his no longer human one.

    “I will kill you if you if you ever hurt him again. I will make it slow. I will make it painful, and the best part is that no one will come looking for your body, because no one cares about a tiny fraction of a man.” Derek shoved him back. Wide eyed, Steve stepped back and gaped at Derek.

    “Get out! Both of you leave!”

    ~~~

    Derek had skipped his last class, he just didn’t feel like school today. Josh had spent the weekend and the last couple days at his house and it had everyone stressed. He leaned on the bumper of his truck and was lost in his mind, thinking about everything that had happened lately. He hear a crunch and all off the sudden siring, agonizing, horrible pain and a white light behind his eyes. He fell to his knees and Kate stepped in front of him, grabbing his shoulders and squeezing the tops as he convulsed uncontrollably. Kate?! Kate…Argent! That name!

    “Oh Derek…How have you been darling?” Kate cooed. “Do you like my new toy? Hmm, you always did like toys…” He jerked away from her as she grabbed his chin, turning his face this way and that. “Just enough voltage to stun you, and give me all the control.” He watched her helplessly, as she waved a small wand that glowed with electricity. “SO, this is how it’s going to work.” Kate chuckled. “The bell just rang, incase you’re too busy to notice, and the students are coming, so if you would stand please.” She said icily. He mustered all his energy and got to his feet, he stumbled to the drivers side of his car and leaned against it, catching his breath. Kate walked over and pressed herself against him, like old times… He was fully aware of the stunner near his side. He cringed away as Kate ran her hands through his hair and kissed him. Out of the corner of his eye he saw Marie.


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  3.  Chapter 9
Halfy

And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
Give me one more chance tonight
And I swear I’ll make it right
But you ain’t got time for this
And that wreckin’ bell is ringin’
And I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you 
Derek
He focused on breathing, keeping his heart beat down, but he could tell it wasn’t working. Why was he changing so easily, why couldn’t he control it? Before he knew it his vision was shifting and his nails were growing, his jaw was slack as pleasure coursed through his brain and his canines came in. The animal he worked so hard to contain was consumed with desire, if he was fully turned he wasn’t sure he would be able to stop.
“Derek?!” He heard Marie yell. He jerked away from her and shifted back, but not before she shoved him away, grabbed his shirt from the floor, and dashed out of the room. He walked out to the kitchen to find Marie, wearing his shirt, with a death grip on a large serrated knife.
“I’m not going to hurt you, I promise.” He said as he took a step closer and put his hands up in defense. The look on Marie’s face was filled with confusion and relief? “I’m sorry about that, I uh-”
“Cut the crap, I know what you are.” Marie interrupted. 
“Then you know a knife wont do much.” He said as he stepped closer again. As he inched towards Marie he locked his eyes on hers, but glanced at that knife several times, assessing exactly how much damage it could do. The size of it had him slightly nervous, but it was the serrations that would really do the most destruction.
“It could cause you enough pain to keep you human long enough for me to steal your truck.” Marie stated as she flashed his keys in her other hand. Damn it, he should keep better track of those…
“But I’m not going to hurt you.” He said, he watched the realization creep into her eyes as she lowered the knife. Suddenly a door opened, one whiff told him it was Lauren. Marie jerked and hid the knife behind her back. Lauren didn’t even look up from her phone as she walked in the kitchen opened the fridge and grabbed a yogurt. She stood between him and Marie and finally looked up at him and his lack of clothing.
“God get a shirt on.” She mumbled before she retreated back to her room. He looked at Marie and they both laughed.
~~~
Five minutes later (in the Spongebob announcer voice)
Marie kept the knife, but sat on her bed facing him, completely alert. “I don’t suppose we could study now?” He laughed with a grin. Marie, continued to clutch the knife, but relaxed some. 
“Well, this makes things interesting, and here I was worried I was the freak.” Marie scoffed. 
“Wait what?” he asked, wondering what she meant. He sat next to her, still shirtless, and reached to grab her hand. Pain pricked his heart as she yanked away, but slowly gave it to him after a minute. 
“So, you’re a wolf…” Marie stated with wide eyes that bore their way into his. He looked down, shaking his head yes, and traced the creases of her hand. “Are you- were you bitten?” Marie questioned slowly. As she calmed down he noticed her lie the knife on the bed. Derek might as well spill, cats out of the bag anyway.
“Um, no, it…runs in the family.” He explained. He saw her snap her head up as she let that last comment sink in.
“So that means…” Marie sighed. Derek heard the understanding loud and clear in her voice.
“Yep, Tess too…Wait, how did you, what did you mean before?” He snapped his head up and searched her eyes.
“You‘re never going to believe this…” Marie scoffed as she rubbed the back of her neck. “I’m, uh, I’m…half.” He heard her mutter barely louder then a whisper. He could feel his jaw hanging loose and tried to correct it, but it wouldn’t respond. That’s how she knew so fast, what he was…“My dad, he’s yeah…” Marie explained. He couldn’t believe it, the burden of his secret, the possibility of losing Marie, and accidentally hurting her, was gone. He felt almost giddy. Derek scoffed quietly, and suddenly let out a chuckle. He couldn’t stop from laughing again. Marie cocked her head in his direction with a smirk and confusion in her eyes. 
“What is wrong with you? What’s so funny?” Marie asked lightly as she nudged his knee. He had to contain himself, now he really was a freak.
“It’s just, I was so nervous that if you found out, you wouldn’t want anything to do with me…It made me sick.” He admitted more to himself then to her. Marie rubbed her thumb on his hand and squeezed slightly.
“Even if I was all human, I don’t know if I would change my mind.” Marie whispered.
A grin forced its way onto his face. “You know, you say that…” He chuckled playfully just as he pinned her on her bed and squeezed her side. Marie screamed between the laughs and giggles. “But, I don’t know…” he joked as he went to squeeze her thighs. Marie writhed underneath him, almost knocking him off. She sure was stronger then he expected.
“No!!!!!” She screamed through uncontrollable hysterics. “Please, please! Anything else!” Marie squirmed and yelled. He finally let her up hoping he wouldn’t get too much punishment for his fun. Marie shot him daggers with her eyes and he knew it would be bad. She smirked evilly. 
“Oh, you’re in for it!” Marie growled.
“Don’t be mad babe.” He cooed, hoping to lessen his penalty.
“Oh, I’m not mad,” Marie snarled as he inched away from her on the bed, “I don’t get mad, I get even…” Suddenly Marie launched from where she sat and attacked. His body forced him to laugh as Marie ticked him where ever she could get her hands. “Ha! Suffer!” Marie yelled in victory. He twitched involuntarily as she gently pinched his sides. Derek grabbed Marie’s wrists and pinned her down, laying on top of her and using all his body weight. He face hovered just above hers and he kissed her nose teasingly.
“You’re not so tuff now, now that I have these under control.” He chuckled as he kissed both of her angry fists. Marie jerked and sent them both flying over the edge of her bed. He landed with a soft thud on her carpeted floor and a small grunt as her body forced the air out of him. Finding his breathe in nearly a second, he looked up at Marie, who was currently straddling his stomach and pinning both his arms over his head. 
“Don’t underestimate the halfy.” Marie warned with a grin. He snickered and laid completely still as she kissed him softly and slid down so she sat at his waist. He could feel each of her heavy breaths as Marie ran her fingers through his dark hair. Once again, only their jeans separating them. He easily sat up and grabbed her hips, he let his hands wander down under her sexy thighs, he worked his way down and hooked her knees, pulling her as close as he could. Each kiss was slow, but loaded with passion…her every move precise, blistering the skin she kissed. Marie was driving him past sanity, she rested her arms on his shoulders and continued to play with his hair. Derek brought his hands back around and wrapped his arms around the smallest part of her waist, bringing her in and holding her to his chest. Marie pulled away and rested her head on her arm, their cheeks touching. His arms were wrapped around her and he played with the tips of her hair as they sat together.
“You make this so difficult…” Marie said in a heavy voice. 
“Make what difficult?” he asked calmly.
“Saying ‘No’ to you.” Marie admitted. He chucked and kissed her shoulder. She made it impossible not to think about it. 
~~~
He heard something…some noise he couldn’t quite place, some animal maybe. He opened his eyes, but the smell hit him before he saw Josh’s foot, only inches from his face. 
“Uhhh!” He grunted as he jerked away from the rank order. He sat up and shielded his eyes from the glaring sun. Looking down at his best friend, he realized what the noise that woke him up was. Josh was snoring, like a chain saw. He shoved his friend, trying to wake him up, but accidentally shoved him right off the twin sized bed they’d shared last night. 
“Ugh!” Josh grunted. 
“Aw, man I’m sorry, did that wake you up?” he joked, feeling almost no remorse.
“Uhhh, you keep forgetting,” Josh groaned as he rolled onto his back, “I’m human, these things, like falling off beds, bruise me. I’m gunna be bruised, scarred maybe, forever changed. All because my careless best friend shoved me off his bed with his freakish strength.” Josh sat up and got on the bed.
“Baby.” Derek mumbled jokingly as he slid on his tank. Without warning, the most amazing smell wafted into his room and right to Derek’s alert nose. He jerked his head towards is door as his stomach let out a ferocious growl, it was time to eat. “Come on, my mom made breakfast.” Josh rolled off the bed and followed him down the hall.
“Are you ever not hungry? Cuz really, I don’t think I’ve ever been over here and not seen you eat enough for like three people. I mean, people say I eat a lot.” Josh scoffed as they rounded the corner into the kitchen. 
“Finally!” Tess exclaimed. She sat at the table with the twins and Peter, his mom and his aunt were serving the last of the eggs and everyone one else was in the living room watching Saturday morning cartoons. Everyone was looking over at Josh when the boys sat. 
“What?” Josh asked as he looked at Derek, then everyone at the table. 
“Did you boys, by chance, invite a bear to you little slumber party last night?” Peter asked sarcastically. 
“Yeah, that or play with a chain saw all night? I could hear you all they way in my room, you kept me up all night.” Tess complained. Josh had his hands in the air in defense.
“It is not my fault I have sinus issues alright. We cant all be perfect, you bunch of freaks you.” Josh mumbled into his food.
“Yeah, it’s not his fault! Dude, but you should seriously see a doctor or something for your feet, they might have mold on them..” Derek said laughing. He looked around as his family snickered.
“Ok, fine, be that way. I’ll just take my food else where, bet you Bean wont tell me my feet stink.” Josh huffed as he got up.
“Smell ya later…” Derek joked. 
“Mom, can I bring a friend with us to the beach house? Please?” Tess begged. Katherine Hale sat the table across from Tess with a poker face that was unreadable. 
“I’ll think about it…” She finally decided. Tess’s face lit up instantly and Derek’s mom cracked a smile. He cleared his throat and put his fork down.
“When is Laura heading down here?” He asked. His dad walked into the kitchen from the living room and put his plate in the sink.
“The day before we leave. Which means our little princess here will be sharing her bed.” Derek’s fathers explained as he rumpled Tess’s hair.
“Dad!” Tess shrieked. She fussed to fix her hair but it remained slightly fuzzed.
His phone buzzed in his lap, he opened the text and smiled when it was from Marie. His favorite part about texting was that no matter how good someone’s hearing is, they cant listen in. “Hey mom, can I hang go over to Marie’s house today?”
“Are your chores done?” Mrs. Hale asked with raised eyebrows. Derek nodded as he got up and stuck his empty plate in the dish washer. Josh walked in the kitchen with Bean on his shoulders.
“Dude, Derek can you take me home?” He asked as he set Bean in a chair.
“Sure, why?” Derek asked, normally his best friend stayed until they forced him out. Josh was staying over some much at one point that his is mom even asked once if Josh had a family, or if he just lived under some bridge and showered at their house. 
“The neighborhood bear is in our front yard and my mom needs to go to work.” Josh explained as he walked towards the door and grabbed his bag.
“Wait-” 
“Well, its actually a dog, but it still freaks her out.” They got in the truck and headed over. 
When they pulled up a giant saint Bernard sat in front of the door barking and baring it’s teeth at the truck. He got out of the truck and followed Josh up to the house. “Oh shut up.” Josh mumbled as he wave his hand. The dog kept barking as Josh carelessly walked past and into the house. Derek just stood there as the monstrous dog turned its attention to him and barked relentlessly. The dog was rearing up, acting like it was going to jump on him. He focused on turning just enough for the animal to get the idea, just enough for his eyes to change. He could feel his canines peak out from his lips as he bared his teeth and let out a low growl. The giant dog whined, laid down, and rolled over on its stomach. Derek went back to his human form and the dog ran away.
 Josh walked out side with a piece of fried chicken and looked around. “Where’d he go?” Josh questioned.
“Oh I just uh, scared him away…” Derek answered. Josh looked around and laughed.
“Hm, I should get your help more often, last time I had to feed him to get him to leave.” Josh explained as he took a bite of the chicken and stuck his head in the house. “You’re clear mom, he’s gone!” Josh yelled. Almost immediately Josh’s mom poked her head out the door. 
“Thank you, I’m sorry you had to come home.” She said as she raced to her car and jumped in. “Bye boys! I’m late! See you for dinner sweetie!” She shouted as she backed out of the driveway. 
“Bye mom…” Josh said too late. Derek walked to his truck and got in.
“See ya later man.” he yelled to Josh, who stood in the door way and waved. He worried about his best friend sometimes, he knew Josh was alone a lot, but when he wasn’t alone he was with his mom, or worse his step dad. Josh never said anything more about him other then that he was a jerk, but Derek knew his best friend, and he saw the fear in his eyes.
~~~ 
He sat on the couch with Marie and watched Mrs. Nichols run around the house getting the final touches for her date with some guy.
“Hey, do you wanna get some ice cream tonight?” he asked quietly.
“Marie, have you seen-” Mrs. Nichols interrupted. 
“On your counter!” Marie yelled. Mrs. Nichols walked in the living room where they sat and put one of her earrings in. “I’m sorry I-” Marie tried.
“Thank you Marie for babysitting tonight for Sheriff Stalinski, he just couldn’t seem to find anyone.” Mrs. Nichols said as the doorbell rang. Confused, he looked at Marie.
“Baby sitting?” he mouthed. Babysitting this guys kid? What if it was annoying, or worse, what if it was a baby? 
“Sorry…” Marie mouthed. Oh well, it couldn’t be that bad.
“Daaaad.” Derek heard a young boy whine from the other room. “Why can’t I just go to Scotts house?” He and Marie got up and walked into the front room. The Sheriff put his large hand on top of his sons head and bent down to look at him.
“Stiles. I already told you, Scotts dad said no.” The sheriff explained.
“I don’t need a stupid babysitter!” The boy tried. 
“Yeah, and the last time I left you at home by your self, you set popcorn on fire. Now, unless I want the insurance to go up again, I’m not leaving you.” Sheriff Stalinski stated.
“Uhhh.” Stiles shrugged and gave in. Derek stayed back as Marie stepped forward. 
“It wont be so bad, it will only be a couple of hours and we could go get ice cream? I mean if its ok…” Marie offered warmly. Stiles eyes lit up as he turned back to his dad.
“You hear that? Ice cream, you’ll be fine.” The sheriff said as he patted his sons shoulder and turned for the front door. 
An hour and a half of Chicken Run and a box of pizza later, Derek was driving the edge of town with Stiles cuddled up next to Marie on the other side of his truck. He parked and they all walked into Ann’s quietly. Who ever this kid was, he wasn’t much of a talker. He didn’t mind that so much as the fact that he looked so depressed. The kid couldn’t be more then ten and every time Derek looked at him he swore he looked like he was going to cry. What should be innocent, ten year old eyes, were sorrow filled, broken ones. He did noticed though, every time Marie paid him attention, that kid couldn’t help but smile. He loved that about her, she brightened the room. They walked up to the counter and looked at their choices.
“Ok guys, its on me.” He announced to the pair. Marie and Stiles both had their faces pressed to the glass, completely ignoring him.
“That’s nice of you young man.” Said the woman from the last time they were there.
“Hey, I remember you. How are you? How’s this place doing?” Derek asked, genuinely interested.
“We’re doing just fine thank you for asking. I’m glad to see you too together, hardly see a young couple come around here.” She said in her frail voice. “What will you all have today?” The old woman asked Marie.
“Well I want Butter Pecan, Stiles?” Marie look at the boy who jerked his head from the glass and looked around, like he had gotten lost in thought trying to pick his ice cream. “What ice cream do you want?” She asked again.
“Orange sorbet.” Stiles answered with a hint of a half smile. The old woman scooped the ice cream and handed them out.
“And for you?” She asked him.
“Chocolate, thanks.” Derek said with a smile. She brought over his ice cream and handed it to him as he gave her the money. After she handed him the change she grabbed a napkin and scribbled something on it in a rush. He was about to walk away when suddenly she gripped his fore arm and looked him right in the eye. She didn’t lean forward and she barely spoke at a whisper.
“Do you know the truth about your grandfathers death?” She asked in a voice that was cold. She slipped the napkin in his hand and turned and walked into the back of the place. Derek, shocked and confused, walked to the table where Marie and Stiles sat with giant grins, devouring their ice cream. He looked down at the napkin as he approached slowly. Meet me at the Beacon Hills Library parking lot- midnight, next Saturday.
~~~
Marie
She sat with her legs in a awkward position, that was sure to give her future back pain, so they could support her laptop as she scrolled through Myspace. She couldn’t make her self go to bed, just twenty more minutes. She looked at the time, one eleven, wooops…It was only Monday, she could get sleep tomorrow. Suddenly she heard a rapping on her window and she froze. Maybe it was the bush…and it grew branches, maybe it was a leaf, maybe it was slendy. Just then there was a knock, oh my god it really is slendy. Her phone vibrated in her hand and she looked down. From Derek…Open the window. She laughed and slid the window open.
“Hello love.” She cooed as she stuck her head out the window and looked up at him. Derek smirked and leaned down and kissed her.
“I knew you weren’t sleeping. Wanna go for a walk?” Derek asked. 
“Sure.” she answered as she ducked back inside. She wiggled her jeans on and slipped on her converse and went back to the window. She successfully stuck one leg through and ducked her head through, but when she tried to pull her remaining foot out, her heal got caught on the window pain and she crumpled onto the wet grass. Great. 
“Marie?!” Derek ‘yelled’ in a hushed whisper. 
“I’m fine, really.” She reassured him as she got up. There were splotches on her entire left side and she groaned internally. Fan friggan tastic. “Well that was about the most graceful thing I’ve seen a half werewolf do all day. I have speed, I have strength, I cant even heal! But do I have an ounce of grace? No…” She said in defeat. Derek grabbed her hand.
“But I like you around anyways.” Derek said as he chuckled. She lightly bumped his hip and laughed.
“Aw, aren’t you cute?”
“Absolutely adorable.” 
“Hmm, so that’s what your mother tells you?” she joked as she looked at him and walked down the street with the very romantic yellow streetlights illuminating their way.
“Well I would be able to tell if she was lying. Wouldn‘t I?” Derek scoffed.
“Oh get away from me.” She let go of his hand and ran into the woods that crept it’s way towards the houses at the end of the road. Well away from any streetlights, she couldn’t see a thing that wasn’t the waxing moon, almost full. “Derek?” She whispered. “Where are you?” She heard something rustle behind her and someone grab her wrist. A hand was over her mouth and she was turned against a chest. Derek held her snugly against him and his eyes pierced deep inside of her.
“Someone could steal you away out here.” Derek whispered. She tried to wiggle free, but couldn’t, and knew it wasn’t possible, he was stronger then any human, which she loved. She raised her eye brows and laughed as Derek brought his hand away from her mouth.
“Only if they could catch me.” She retorted. “Can I have a piggy back?” Derek let her go and she jumped onto his back, holding on with all her strength. As Derek walked through the woods her eyes adjusted and she could see pretty well. “Where are we going?” she whispered in his ear.
“I have no idea.” Derek answered. She looked up ahead and saw a good break in the trees. 
“Up here, stop up here.” Derek walked to where the moon light lit up the ground and Marie jumped off. She put up the hood to her hoodie and laid on the ground, looking up at the sky. Derek laid next to her and put his arm around her, supporting her head on his bicep. 
“So, who all in your family is a wolf, I know sometimes the gene doesn’t get passed…” she questioned, hoping Derek would answer. He looked down and her, and back up at the sky before taking a deep breath.
“Every body except Jillian, my aunt Jane, and Ann.” answered Derek.
“That’s weird, the twins…” she mentioned slowly as she wiggled closer to him.
“Yeah, well their not identical so…” Derek explained.
“How can you guys tell, so young?” she wondered aloud.
“Just little things, like good hearing or speed. You start to turn about the time you hit puberty. Poor Alex is having a hard time with it lately though, it’s a little harder at first, controlling it, but it gets easier.” Marie looked up at the moon and sighed.
“What about the full moon?” she asked. 
“Well, Alex only has a little trouble with that still, but we watch out for him. You get the hang of things pretty quickly in a pack this big, with an alpha like my dad. I usually don’t have any trouble, but Tess says it give her cramps from hell.” Derek finished. Yeah, she knew exactly what he was talking about. “What about you, what about your family?” Marie almost laughed, her sad excuse of a family.
“Well, really it isn’t much. My dad was bitten, when he was in his early twenties. He told me how dangerous he was, which is why that was one of my first questions, and how out of control he felt. My mom is human and so is Lauren, but I got half the gene. At first my dad and I  just thought I was fast and strong and could heal, but I think there’s something more too it.” explained Marie. Derek nodded his head slowly.
“Yeah, I heard it was hard for them. My family actually has a semi-long lineage, my great Grandpa was bitten, that’s were the Hale wolves started. Can I ask you something about Saturday?” Derek said. 
“Shoot.”
“That kid…Stiles, where’s his mom?” Derek asked. She looked over at Derek hesitantly.
“She uh, died, not too long ago.” she said quietly.
“Oh…that’s, awful…I couldn’t imagine losing someone that close to me.” he mumbled. Marie looked up at the moon and choked back tears, she wished she could take that boys pain away…even if she had to suffer instead, that little boy should still have his mommy. All of the sudden she yawned like a cat who just woke up from napping. Luckily this happened to help hold back the liquid in her eyes 
“I should take you home, you’re tired and we have school tomorrow…” said Derek.
“Ok mom, if you must.” she taunted.
“Hey young lady, don’t give me sass!” Derek laughed as he got up and pulled her up with him. She walked in front of him as they slowly made their way home. Suddenly, Derek jerked around and looked up into the trees.
“What? What is it?” she asked nervously. 
“Nothing…I just smelled something, like smoke.” Suddenly she saw something rising from the trees about a quarter mile away and knew he had to see it, was that smoke? She looked desperately for the source and finally saw a dim glow of light.
“Something’s on fire, over there.” She pointed in the direction of the fire. Derek grabbed her hand abruptly and started walking.
“Come on, its nothing, probably just brush control.” Derek said hastily, maybe he was right, but something seemed off, Derek seemed almost…spooked.

     Chapter 9

    Halfy


    And I love you endlessly,

    Darling don’t you see I’m not satisfied

    Until I hold you tight

    Give me one more chance tonight

    And I swear I’ll make it right

    But you ain’t got time for this

    And that wreckin’ bell is ringin’

    And I’m not satisfied

    Until I hold you 

    Derek

    He focused on breathing, keeping his heart beat down, but he could tell it wasn’t working. Why was he changing so easily, why couldn’t he control it? Before he knew it his vision was shifting and his nails were growing, his jaw was slack as pleasure coursed through his brain and his canines came in. The animal he worked so hard to contain was consumed with desire, if he was fully turned he wasn’t sure he would be able to stop.

    “Derek?!” He heard Marie yell. He jerked away from her and shifted back, but not before she shoved him away, grabbed his shirt from the floor, and dashed out of the room. He walked out to the kitchen to find Marie, wearing his shirt, with a death grip on a large serrated knife.

    “I’m not going to hurt you, I promise.” He said as he took a step closer and put his hands up in defense. The look on Marie’s face was filled with confusion and relief? “I’m sorry about that, I uh-”

    “Cut the crap, I know what you are.” Marie interrupted. 

    “Then you know a knife wont do much.” He said as he stepped closer again. As he inched towards Marie he locked his eyes on hers, but glanced at that knife several times, assessing exactly how much damage it could do. The size of it had him slightly nervous, but it was the serrations that would really do the most destruction.

    “It could cause you enough pain to keep you human long enough for me to steal your truck.” Marie stated as she flashed his keys in her other hand. Damn it, he should keep better track of those…

    “But I’m not going to hurt you.” He said, he watched the realization creep into her eyes as she lowered the knife. Suddenly a door opened, one whiff told him it was Lauren. Marie jerked and hid the knife behind her back. Lauren didn’t even look up from her phone as she walked in the kitchen opened the fridge and grabbed a yogurt. She stood between him and Marie and finally looked up at him and his lack of clothing.

    “God get a shirt on.” She mumbled before she retreated back to her room. He looked at Marie and they both laughed.

    ~~~

    Five minutes later (in the Spongebob announcer voice)

    Marie kept the knife, but sat on her bed facing him, completely alert. “I don’t suppose we could study now?” He laughed with a grin. Marie, continued to clutch the knife, but relaxed some. 

    “Well, this makes things interesting, and here I was worried I was the freak.” Marie scoffed. 

    “Wait what?” he asked, wondering what she meant. He sat next to her, still shirtless, and reached to grab her hand. Pain pricked his heart as she yanked away, but slowly gave it to him after a minute. 

    “So, you’re a wolf…” Marie stated with wide eyes that bore their way into his. He looked down, shaking his head yes, and traced the creases of her hand. “Are you- were you bitten?” Marie questioned slowly. As she calmed down he noticed her lie the knife on the bed. Derek might as well spill, cats out of the bag anyway.

    “Um, no, it…runs in the family.” He explained. He saw her snap her head up as she let that last comment sink in.

    “So that means…” Marie sighed. Derek heard the understanding loud and clear in her voice.

    “Yep, Tess too…Wait, how did you, what did you mean before?” He snapped his head up and searched her eyes.

    “You‘re never going to believe this…” Marie scoffed as she rubbed the back of her neck. “I’m, uh, I’m…half.” He heard her mutter barely louder then a whisper. He could feel his jaw hanging loose and tried to correct it, but it wouldn’t respond. That’s how she knew so fast, what he was…“My dad, he’s yeah…” Marie explained. He couldn’t believe it, the burden of his secret, the possibility of losing Marie, and accidentally hurting her, was gone. He felt almost giddy. Derek scoffed quietly, and suddenly let out a chuckle. He couldn’t stop from laughing again. Marie cocked her head in his direction with a smirk and confusion in her eyes. 

    “What is wrong with you? What’s so funny?” Marie asked lightly as she nudged his knee. He had to contain himself, now he really was a freak.

    “It’s just, I was so nervous that if you found out, you wouldn’t want anything to do with me…It made me sick.” He admitted more to himself then to her. Marie rubbed her thumb on his hand and squeezed slightly.

    “Even if I was all human, I don’t know if I would change my mind.” Marie whispered.

    A grin forced its way onto his face. “You know, you say that…” He chuckled playfully just as he pinned her on her bed and squeezed her side. Marie screamed between the laughs and giggles. “But, I don’t know…” he joked as he went to squeeze her thighs. Marie writhed underneath him, almost knocking him off. She sure was stronger then he expected.

    “No!!!!!” She screamed through uncontrollable hysterics. “Please, please! Anything else!” Marie squirmed and yelled. He finally let her up hoping he wouldn’t get too much punishment for his fun. Marie shot him daggers with her eyes and he knew it would be bad. She smirked evilly. 

    “Oh, you’re in for it!” Marie growled.

    “Don’t be mad babe.” He cooed, hoping to lessen his penalty.

    “Oh, I’m not mad,” Marie snarled as he inched away from her on the bed, “I don’t get mad, I get even…” Suddenly Marie launched from where she sat and attacked. His body forced him to laugh as Marie ticked him where ever she could get her hands. “Ha! Suffer!” Marie yelled in victory. He twitched involuntarily as she gently pinched his sides. Derek grabbed Marie’s wrists and pinned her down, laying on top of her and using all his body weight. He face hovered just above hers and he kissed her nose teasingly.

    “You’re not so tuff now, now that I have these under control.” He chuckled as he kissed both of her angry fists. Marie jerked and sent them both flying over the edge of her bed. He landed with a soft thud on her carpeted floor and a small grunt as her body forced the air out of him. Finding his breathe in nearly a second, he looked up at Marie, who was currently straddling his stomach and pinning both his arms over his head. 

    “Don’t underestimate the halfy.” Marie warned with a grin. He snickered and laid completely still as she kissed him softly and slid down so she sat at his waist. He could feel each of her heavy breaths as Marie ran her fingers through his dark hair. Once again, only their jeans separating them. He easily sat up and grabbed her hips, he let his hands wander down under her sexy thighs, he worked his way down and hooked her knees, pulling her as close as he could. Each kiss was slow, but loaded with passion…her every move precise, blistering the skin she kissed. Marie was driving him past sanity, she rested her arms on his shoulders and continued to play with his hair. Derek brought his hands back around and wrapped his arms around the smallest part of her waist, bringing her in and holding her to his chest. Marie pulled away and rested her head on her arm, their cheeks touching. His arms were wrapped around her and he played with the tips of her hair as they sat together.

    “You make this so difficult…” Marie said in a heavy voice. 

    “Make what difficult?” he asked calmly.

    “Saying ‘No’ to you.” Marie admitted. He chucked and kissed her shoulder. She made it impossible not to think about it. 

    ~~~

    He heard something…some noise he couldn’t quite place, some animal maybe. He opened his eyes, but the smell hit him before he saw Josh’s foot, only inches from his face. 

    “Uhhh!” He grunted as he jerked away from the rank order. He sat up and shielded his eyes from the glaring sun. Looking down at his best friend, he realized what the noise that woke him up was. Josh was snoring, like a chain saw. He shoved his friend, trying to wake him up, but accidentally shoved him right off the twin sized bed they’d shared last night. 

    “Ugh!” Josh grunted. 

    “Aw, man I’m sorry, did that wake you up?” he joked, feeling almost no remorse.

    “Uhhh, you keep forgetting,” Josh groaned as he rolled onto his back, “I’m human, these things, like falling off beds, bruise me. I’m gunna be bruised, scarred maybe, forever changed. All because my careless best friend shoved me off his bed with his freakish strength.” Josh sat up and got on the bed.

    “Baby.” Derek mumbled jokingly as he slid on his tank. Without warning, the most amazing smell wafted into his room and right to Derek’s alert nose. He jerked his head towards is door as his stomach let out a ferocious growl, it was time to eat. “Come on, my mom made breakfast.” Josh rolled off the bed and followed him down the hall.

    “Are you ever not hungry? Cuz really, I don’t think I’ve ever been over here and not seen you eat enough for like three people. I mean, people say I eat a lot.” Josh scoffed as they rounded the corner into the kitchen. 

    “Finally!” Tess exclaimed. She sat at the table with the twins and Peter, his mom and his aunt were serving the last of the eggs and everyone one else was in the living room watching Saturday morning cartoons. Everyone was looking over at Josh when the boys sat. 

    “What?” Josh asked as he looked at Derek, then everyone at the table. 

    “Did you boys, by chance, invite a bear to you little slumber party last night?” Peter asked sarcastically. 

    “Yeah, that or play with a chain saw all night? I could hear you all they way in my room, you kept me up all night.” Tess complained. Josh had his hands in the air in defense.

    “It is not my fault I have sinus issues alright. We cant all be perfect, you bunch of freaks you.” Josh mumbled into his food.

    “Yeah, it’s not his fault! Dude, but you should seriously see a doctor or something for your feet, they might have mold on them..” Derek said laughing. He looked around as his family snickered.

    “Ok, fine, be that way. I’ll just take my food else where, bet you Bean wont tell me my feet stink.” Josh huffed as he got up.

    “Smell ya later…” Derek joked. 

    “Mom, can I bring a friend with us to the beach house? Please?” Tess begged. Katherine Hale sat the table across from Tess with a poker face that was unreadable. 

    “I’ll think about it…” She finally decided. Tess’s face lit up instantly and Derek’s mom cracked a smile. He cleared his throat and put his fork down.

    “When is Laura heading down here?” He asked. His dad walked into the kitchen from the living room and put his plate in the sink.

    “The day before we leave. Which means our little princess here will be sharing her bed.” Derek’s fathers explained as he rumpled Tess’s hair.

    “Dad!” Tess shrieked. She fussed to fix her hair but it remained slightly fuzzed.

    His phone buzzed in his lap, he opened the text and smiled when it was from Marie. His favorite part about texting was that no matter how good someone’s hearing is, they cant listen in. “Hey mom, can I hang go over to Marie’s house today?”

    “Are your chores done?” Mrs. Hale asked with raised eyebrows. Derek nodded as he got up and stuck his empty plate in the dish washer. Josh walked in the kitchen with Bean on his shoulders.

    “Dude, Derek can you take me home?” He asked as he set Bean in a chair.

    “Sure, why?” Derek asked, normally his best friend stayed until they forced him out. Josh was staying over some much at one point that his is mom even asked once if Josh had a family, or if he just lived under some bridge and showered at their house. 

    “The neighborhood bear is in our front yard and my mom needs to go to work.” Josh explained as he walked towards the door and grabbed his bag.

    “Wait-” 

    “Well, its actually a dog, but it still freaks her out.” They got in the truck and headed over. 

    When they pulled up a giant saint Bernard sat in front of the door barking and baring it’s teeth at the truck. He got out of the truck and followed Josh up to the house. “Oh shut up.” Josh mumbled as he wave his hand. The dog kept barking as Josh carelessly walked past and into the house. Derek just stood there as the monstrous dog turned its attention to him and barked relentlessly. The dog was rearing up, acting like it was going to jump on him. He focused on turning just enough for the animal to get the idea, just enough for his eyes to change. He could feel his canines peak out from his lips as he bared his teeth and let out a low growl. The giant dog whined, laid down, and rolled over on its stomach. Derek went back to his human form and the dog ran away.

     Josh walked out side with a piece of fried chicken and looked around. “Where’d he go?” Josh questioned.

    “Oh I just uh, scared him away…” Derek answered. Josh looked around and laughed.

    “Hm, I should get your help more often, last time I had to feed him to get him to leave.” Josh explained as he took a bite of the chicken and stuck his head in the house. “You’re clear mom, he’s gone!” Josh yelled. Almost immediately Josh’s mom poked her head out the door. 

    “Thank you, I’m sorry you had to come home.” She said as she raced to her car and jumped in. “Bye boys! I’m late! See you for dinner sweetie!” She shouted as she backed out of the driveway. 

    “Bye mom…” Josh said too late. Derek walked to his truck and got in.

    “See ya later man.” he yelled to Josh, who stood in the door way and waved. He worried about his best friend sometimes, he knew Josh was alone a lot, but when he wasn’t alone he was with his mom, or worse his step dad. Josh never said anything more about him other then that he was a jerk, but Derek knew his best friend, and he saw the fear in his eyes.

    ~~~ 

    He sat on the couch with Marie and watched Mrs. Nichols run around the house getting the final touches for her date with some guy.

    “Hey, do you wanna get some ice cream tonight?” he asked quietly.

    “Marie, have you seen-” Mrs. Nichols interrupted. 

    “On your counter!” Marie yelled. Mrs. Nichols walked in the living room where they sat and put one of her earrings in. “I’m sorry I-” Marie tried.

    “Thank you Marie for babysitting tonight for Sheriff Stalinski, he just couldn’t seem to find anyone.” Mrs. Nichols said as the doorbell rang. Confused, he looked at Marie.

    “Baby sitting?” he mouthed. Babysitting this guys kid? What if it was annoying, or worse, what if it was a baby? 

    “Sorry…” Marie mouthed. Oh well, it couldn’t be that bad.

    “Daaaad.” Derek heard a young boy whine from the other room. “Why can’t I just go to Scotts house?” He and Marie got up and walked into the front room. The Sheriff put his large hand on top of his sons head and bent down to look at him.

    “Stiles. I already told you, Scotts dad said no.” The sheriff explained.

    “I don’t need a stupid babysitter!” The boy tried. 

    “Yeah, and the last time I left you at home by your self, you set popcorn on fire. Now, unless I want the insurance to go up again, I’m not leaving you.” Sheriff Stalinski stated.

    “Uhhh.” Stiles shrugged and gave in. Derek stayed back as Marie stepped forward. 

    “It wont be so bad, it will only be a couple of hours and we could go get ice cream? I mean if its ok…” Marie offered warmly. Stiles eyes lit up as he turned back to his dad.

    “You hear that? Ice cream, you’ll be fine.” The sheriff said as he patted his sons shoulder and turned for the front door. 

    An hour and a half of Chicken Run and a box of pizza later, Derek was driving the edge of town with Stiles cuddled up next to Marie on the other side of his truck. He parked and they all walked into Ann’s quietly. Who ever this kid was, he wasn’t much of a talker. He didn’t mind that so much as the fact that he looked so depressed. The kid couldn’t be more then ten and every time Derek looked at him he swore he looked like he was going to cry. What should be innocent, ten year old eyes, were sorrow filled, broken ones. He did noticed though, every time Marie paid him attention, that kid couldn’t help but smile. He loved that about her, she brightened the room. They walked up to the counter and looked at their choices.

    “Ok guys, its on me.” He announced to the pair. Marie and Stiles both had their faces pressed to the glass, completely ignoring him.

    “That’s nice of you young man.” Said the woman from the last time they were there.

    “Hey, I remember you. How are you? How’s this place doing?” Derek asked, genuinely interested.

    “We’re doing just fine thank you for asking. I’m glad to see you too together, hardly see a young couple come around here.” She said in her frail voice. “What will you all have today?” The old woman asked Marie.

    “Well I want Butter Pecan, Stiles?” Marie look at the boy who jerked his head from the glass and looked around, like he had gotten lost in thought trying to pick his ice cream. “What ice cream do you want?” She asked again.

    “Orange sorbet.” Stiles answered with a hint of a half smile. The old woman scooped the ice cream and handed them out.

    “And for you?” She asked him.

    “Chocolate, thanks.” Derek said with a smile. She brought over his ice cream and handed it to him as he gave her the money. After she handed him the change she grabbed a napkin and scribbled something on it in a rush. He was about to walk away when suddenly she gripped his fore arm and looked him right in the eye. She didn’t lean forward and she barely spoke at a whisper.

    “Do you know the truth about your grandfathers death?” She asked in a voice that was cold. She slipped the napkin in his hand and turned and walked into the back of the place. Derek, shocked and confused, walked to the table where Marie and Stiles sat with giant grins, devouring their ice cream. He looked down at the napkin as he approached slowly. Meet me at the Beacon Hills Library parking lot- midnight, next Saturday.

    ~~~

    Marie

    She sat with her legs in a awkward position, that was sure to give her future back pain, so they could support her laptop as she scrolled through Myspace. She couldn’t make her self go to bed, just twenty more minutes. She looked at the time, one eleven, wooops…It was only Monday, she could get sleep tomorrow. Suddenly she heard a rapping on her window and she froze. Maybe it was the bush…and it grew branches, maybe it was a leaf, maybe it was slendy. Just then there was a knock, oh my god it really is slendy. Her phone vibrated in her hand and she looked down. From Derek…Open the window. She laughed and slid the window open.

    “Hello love.” She cooed as she stuck her head out the window and looked up at him. Derek smirked and leaned down and kissed her.

    “I knew you weren’t sleeping. Wanna go for a walk?” Derek asked. 

    “Sure.” she answered as she ducked back inside. She wiggled her jeans on and slipped on her converse and went back to the window. She successfully stuck one leg through and ducked her head through, but when she tried to pull her remaining foot out, her heal got caught on the window pain and she crumpled onto the wet grass. Great. 

    “Marie?!” Derek ‘yelled’ in a hushed whisper. 

    “I’m fine, really.” She reassured him as she got up. There were splotches on her entire left side and she groaned internally. Fan friggan tastic. “Well that was about the most graceful thing I’ve seen a half werewolf do all day. I have speed, I have strength, I cant even heal! But do I have an ounce of grace? No…” She said in defeat. Derek grabbed her hand.

    “But I like you around anyways.” Derek said as he chuckled. She lightly bumped his hip and laughed.

    “Aw, aren’t you cute?”

    “Absolutely adorable.” 

    “Hmm, so that’s what your mother tells you?” she joked as she looked at him and walked down the street with the very romantic yellow streetlights illuminating their way.

    “Well I would be able to tell if she was lying. Wouldn‘t I?” Derek scoffed.

    “Oh get away from me.” She let go of his hand and ran into the woods that crept it’s way towards the houses at the end of the road. Well away from any streetlights, she couldn’t see a thing that wasn’t the waxing moon, almost full. “Derek?” She whispered. “Where are you?” She heard something rustle behind her and someone grab her wrist. A hand was over her mouth and she was turned against a chest. Derek held her snugly against him and his eyes pierced deep inside of her.

    “Someone could steal you away out here.” Derek whispered. She tried to wiggle free, but couldn’t, and knew it wasn’t possible, he was stronger then any human, which she loved. She raised her eye brows and laughed as Derek brought his hand away from her mouth.

    “Only if they could catch me.” She retorted. “Can I have a piggy back?” Derek let her go and she jumped onto his back, holding on with all her strength. As Derek walked through the woods her eyes adjusted and she could see pretty well. “Where are we going?” she whispered in his ear.

    “I have no idea.” Derek answered. She looked up ahead and saw a good break in the trees. 

    “Up here, stop up here.” Derek walked to where the moon light lit up the ground and Marie jumped off. She put up the hood to her hoodie and laid on the ground, looking up at the sky. Derek laid next to her and put his arm around her, supporting her head on his bicep. 

    “So, who all in your family is a wolf, I know sometimes the gene doesn’t get passed…” she questioned, hoping Derek would answer. He looked down and her, and back up at the sky before taking a deep breath.

    “Every body except Jillian, my aunt Jane, and Ann.” answered Derek.

    “That’s weird, the twins…” she mentioned slowly as she wiggled closer to him.

    “Yeah, well their not identical so…” Derek explained.

    “How can you guys tell, so young?” she wondered aloud.

    “Just little things, like good hearing or speed. You start to turn about the time you hit puberty. Poor Alex is having a hard time with it lately though, it’s a little harder at first, controlling it, but it gets easier.” Marie looked up at the moon and sighed.

    “What about the full moon?” she asked. 

    “Well, Alex only has a little trouble with that still, but we watch out for him. You get the hang of things pretty quickly in a pack this big, with an alpha like my dad. I usually don’t have any trouble, but Tess says it give her cramps from hell.” Derek finished. Yeah, she knew exactly what he was talking about. “What about you, what about your family?” Marie almost laughed, her sad excuse of a family.

    “Well, really it isn’t much. My dad was bitten, when he was in his early twenties. He told me how dangerous he was, which is why that was one of my first questions, and how out of control he felt. My mom is human and so is Lauren, but I got half the gene. At first my dad and I  just thought I was fast and strong and could heal, but I think there’s something more too it.” explained Marie. Derek nodded his head slowly.

    “Yeah, I heard it was hard for them. My family actually has a semi-long lineage, my great Grandpa was bitten, that’s were the Hale wolves started. Can I ask you something about Saturday?” Derek said. 

    “Shoot.”

    “That kid…Stiles, where’s his mom?” Derek asked. She looked over at Derek hesitantly.

    “She uh, died, not too long ago.” she said quietly.

    “Oh…that’s, awful…I couldn’t imagine losing someone that close to me.” he mumbled. Marie looked up at the moon and choked back tears, she wished she could take that boys pain away…even if she had to suffer instead, that little boy should still have his mommy. All of the sudden she yawned like a cat who just woke up from napping. Luckily this happened to help hold back the liquid in her eyes 

    “I should take you home, you’re tired and we have school tomorrow…” said Derek.

    “Ok mom, if you must.” she taunted.

    “Hey young lady, don’t give me sass!” Derek laughed as he got up and pulled her up with him. She walked in front of him as they slowly made their way home. Suddenly, Derek jerked around and looked up into the trees.

    “What? What is it?” she asked nervously. 

    “Nothing…I just smelled something, like smoke.” Suddenly she saw something rising from the trees about a quarter mile away and knew he had to see it, was that smoke? She looked desperately for the source and finally saw a dim glow of light.

    “Something’s on fire, over there.” She pointed in the direction of the fire. Derek grabbed her hand abruptly and started walking.

    “Come on, its nothing, probably just brush control.” Derek said hastily, maybe he was right, but something seemed off, Derek seemed almost…spooked.

     
  4. 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
     
  5. 
Don&#8217;t you want to come with me?Don&#8217;t you want to feel my bones on your bones?It&#8217;s only natural.Don&#8217;t you want to swim with me?Don&#8217;t you want to feel my skin on your skin?It&#8217;s only natural.
 

Chapter 3

Marie
Completely drained, she sluggishly stumbled upon the kitchen. It was eight o’clock by the time she finished her homework (and surfing the web) and dragged herself house side of her sanctuary to see her mom. She heard the T.V. but didn’t recognize what her sister was watching. Marie opened the refrigerator slowly, knowing she was hungry but still not sure what it was she was craving. She saw milk, baked chicken, day old lasagna, and cold pizza from Wednesday. She finally decided on the pizza, knowing the lasagna would be more satisfying, but her laziness won over and pizza was the next best thing.
“I heated up your lasagna.” her mother’s voice whispered softly, startling her. “I know how much you like it.”
Marie looked in the direction of her mother, avoiding eye contact. “Thanks.” She said stiffly, though her mom knew she was sincere. Marie shifted from the counter back to the fridge, returning the pizza to its temporary home. She was drawn to the steamy lasagna and deeply inhaled, letting the comforting scent flood though her nose. Her mom stood in the kitchen as if waiting for something. Marie hated what they had become, but she couldn’t help but feel the slightest bit of resentment towards her, and it occasionally seeped through her façade.
She had grown cold and calloused towards her mom over the summer. She was, after all, directly responsible for her life being uprooted; however pathetic the life she worked so hard for was, it was hers. She didn’t have anything special, but she was happy, truly happy with her small group of close friends in San Francisco. During the summer she had only her sister and her mom. However, her mom was working full time, meaning she really only had her sister.
As the months went by she could feel herself fading into the background. During times like these she would have overwhelmingly large waves of loneliness wash over her, and just wanted to be left alone even more then before. Logically, she knew it wasn’t right to be upset with her mom. She loved her daughters, and provided for them and there really wasn’t anything she could do about them moving. She wasn’t exactly in the position to quit her job just because it would anger her teenager daughter to be moved.
Marie huffed and began eating her lasagna that was no longer steaming. She looked up and saw her there, still in the kitchen, waiting. Her mom was about 5’5, with broad shoulders that matched her build. Although she wasn’t petite, she was beautiful and had maintained her beauty far into her late forties. Everyone said Marie looked just like her mother, but she often had trouble seeing it.
“Yes?” Marie inquired curiously. The sour look on her mothers face told Marie something was wrong, but wasn’t sure if she had caused it or if it was because of another trying day in her frustrating office.
“Are you mad at me, Marie?” She choked out slowly, her frozen mask shattering into a million pieces, making each tiny bit of pain on her face visible to Marie.
“What? Why?” Marie paused in her eating, worried her mom heard those awful thoughts she was having. She knew it was impossible , but the idea of telepathy always entertained her.
“Because it has been a month since school started and you have probably said two words a day to me. I feel like I don’t know anything about you. I…I just feel like I’m losing you.” She stood in front of Marie, unintentionally trapping her between the counter and the fridge.
Marie felt a rush of guilt. Why was she mad at her mom anyways? Marie glanced at her mother-who was far shorter then her, due to the genes she inherited from her father. She couldn’t help but feel ashamed for blaming her. None of this was her fault, she had given up her life as well for their well being. It then dawned on Marie that her mother may feel just as alone as she does.
She set her half eaten plate of lasagna on the counter and walked to her mom. Lying her head on her shoulder and wrapping her arms around her middle, they both stood together ion silence, holding each other like they used to.
“Love you mom.” Marie whispered.
“I love you too baby girl.” Marie planted a kiss on her cheek and released her. After eating the rest of her lasagna she remembered she had to shower and quickly put her dishes in the sink.
Marie walked into the small bathroom and turned on the shower. As the steam began to appear she put on her favorite song and slowly stripped each piece of clothing from her tired body. The full length mirror beside the sink gave her a full view of her pale skin. She stood examining herself and found she was actually pretty content, aside from the tiny bump on her lower abdomen that she could never do enough crunches to get rid of, she really liked her body.
Once she was in she sang along to the seductive lyrics, wishing she had some company in the shower where she stood alone. She washed herself slowly and thoroughly, running her hands over every inch of her skin. The hot water pounded on her pack, relaxing her and putting her at ease. She finished up and stepped out of the shower.
Noticing something on her chest, she straitened her body and looked in the mirror again. She hadn’t noticed before but there were small stretch marks on her right breast, which unfortunately meant she was growing again. Not that she minded that much, but the stretch marks were inconvenient.
She made her way back to her room and put on a purple tank and some underwear, dried her hair and curled up in her bed, relieved to finally be sleeping.
She saw a boy, no a man, in the dark standing before her. She fixed her eyes on his dark, crisp features that she almost recognized. He was very handsome, and before her inhibitions had time to register she was leaning forward into a kiss. He kissed her back, slowly and gently at first, but before her mind could catch up with her actions it became hungry and lustful.
Suddenly there was a wall behind them and she felt him pushing against her. She felt her pulse rising along with her desire. Her breathing quickened and she no longer thought about her actions, but let her body decide. She felt his rough hand on her thigh, driving her heart beat to a pace she never thought possible, and he slowly dragged his fingers upward, caressing her along the way.
She boldly let her tongue escape from her lips into his mouth. She followed his lead and her instincts as they continued. His hand, that was tracing intricate patterns onto her thigh, was trailing up to her hip and worked its way under her shirt. Light fingers grazed her skin, electrifying the air and sending sparks throughout her midsection. Soon his fingers reached her waist, where they grasped her body firmly and pulled her closer.
It was strange that he managed to be gentle and have complete control at the same time. She felt as if she were swimming in the ocean, completely engulfed by something so powerful, so unstoppable, but knowing that she could get out anytime she pleased. Instead, she chose to ride the waves of pleasure for as long as they would last.
She had one arm reaching upward, tightly holding on with the limb laced around his neck. The other was lower, much lower. She started at his shoulder and slowly brought her hand down feeling his strong, taut muscles that she couldn’t believe. She felt his strong abdomen and went lower. Finally, she reached his jeans and slipped the tips of her fingers inside, lightly teasing his lower stomach. She stretched her fingers upward and found what she wanted. ‘Yes!’ She thought. His abs were tight and smooth and she couldn’t keep her hands away from them.
She felt him drag his hand down her stomach, past her belly button and down to her underwear. He slipped his hand inside and began messaging her.
“Oh…Uh.” she moaned. He began fingering her and she arched her back, overwhelmed by the intense pleasure. He added another finger and got rougher with his movements, but she soon realized the rougher he was, the better it felt. He added another finger and continued. She winced at first, but soon the pain was instantly being transferred into pleasure this man was bringing her.
“Oh…Oh god.” She moaned louder. She wanted to go all the way, she wanted with every stitch of her body. As if he heard her request he began roughly pushing her back and she tripped on a bed. They fell onto it and began rapidly removing clothing, as if their lives depended on it.
Soon they were naked and there were no longer any barriers between their bodies. He was heavy on top of her, but she liked it. His skin was warm and smooth, and he smelled of the forest. Lifting himself, he entered her carefully, gently. It was incredible, like nothing she’d ever felt before. Her walls tightened and quivered around him as he moved inside her. He growled, turning her on more then she already was. She moaned again as they made love. She felt her breathing quicken and her entire body tensed, she finally felt the release she had been longing for.
She rolled over in her sleep, only to awaken herself from her amazing dream. She was sweating and breathing rapidly. She sighed disappointedly and looked up at the full moon, wishing more then anything to return to that…
~~~

Derek
He loved the way the leaves crunched underneath his feet as he and his sister ran through the damp forest. Something he loved about California was that they never had much of a winter. Even now in early February, all he needed was a hoodie to stay warm. He liked to keep a steady pace, while his sister Tess was unpredictable and sporadic in her running. Derek breathed in, inhaling the scent of a group of deer about a quarter mile away.
They continued running but suddenly he stopped, motioning for Tess to follow his lead. It was then that they turned, needing to be ready for the hunt. He felt his nails growing and his now massive K-9s were poking out so that he had to let his mouth hang slightly open. They stealthily inched closer to where he smelled the group of dear. Derek’s only focus at that moment was the large buck standing a couple hundred yards from him. In and instant he raced forward tackling the deer and latching onto his neck and breaking it, killing the buck quickly and painlessly.
While he ate, he let his humanity soak away completely and let his animal take over. His mind was clear and he felt at peace here in the forest. He finished up and looked around, unsure of where Tess went. He let out a deep howl, knowing she would respond. He enjoyed times like this, times when he could rely solely on his instincts.
Tess howled from a distance, calling Derek‘s attention towards her. She must have chased her deer a ways before making the kill. He began walking through the woods and suddenly smelled something…off. He jogged up the hill and gaped at the open field below. What he saw shocked him back into his human form. The field was burned…badly, but only in certain spots. He looked closely and saw it was in a perfect spiral.
“Tess!” He yelled with fear in his voice. He ran quickly following her scent. “Teeeess!” He yelled louder. Where was she?! He knew they needed to get back to the pack, more importantly back to his father.
“Derek! Derek what’s’ wrong?!” She asked nervously, genuinely confused.
“Tess, look. Do you know what this is?” He looked around, wondering who did this.
“No&#8230; Derek this is freaking me out, lets go home.” She pleaded as she tugged on his jacket.
“Ok, yeah…lets go.” He replied, still looking at the field.
They swiftly ran through the dense woods heading strait for home. Derek felt a million questions buzzing in his head all at once, and had a sickening feeling in the pit of his stomach. Although he couldn’t be sure, he could hear the echo of Kate’s voice. ‘You’ll regret this.’ He turned around one last time before he hit full speed.
They began howling when they were within ear shot and by the time they were at the house his dad and uncle Peter were waiting on the porch. His father looked a lot like him, but had the signs of wisdom and age on his face. Peter looked like family but had taken after his mom and didn’t share the sharp features Derek and his father did. Right now he looked concerned, for it was very rare for a wolf to call that urgently on his own territory. Derek and Tess jerked to a stop as their dad stepped forward.
“What’s wrong?” He urged.
“Dad someone has been on our land, there is a giant spiral burnt into the ground over in a field.”
“Wait. What did you just say?” He turned to Peter with a worried look.
“A spiral, its burnt into the grass. What’s wrong? What does it mean?”
“Nothing, it means nothing…” Derek’s mom stepped out of the house onto the porch and looked to his father.
“What’s the matter?” She questioned. He looked over at his wife lovingly, “Its nothing Katherine, Derek and Tess found something in the woods. Me and Derek will go check it out, don’t worry.” He replied as he pecked her on the cheek. It was obvious that the years they had spent together had only made them more in love.
They ran back to the field as quickly as possible, luckily Derek had no trouble finding the area. His dad and Peter cautiously walked around the charred grass sniffing the air, looking for a scent and mumbling every now and then. He looked around and finally up at Derek.
“Who ever did this knows what we are, and they knew what they were doing.” Peter said coolly. Derek felt spooked, he was glad he was with his dad.
“What is this dad?” He demanded. “What does it mean?”
His dad looked down and shifted the dirt under his shoes. Looking up at Peter and then to Derek he answered, “It means…revenge.”
~~~

Marie
“Hey Tess, did your mom say I could come over today?” Marie questioned. She was excited that she was being accepted into Tess’s group so easily, and was getting close to these girls. Friday night sleepovers were what she missed the most about best friends.
“Ya, she even let me have the car today! We don’t have to ride with Derek after all!” Tess proclaimed excitedly. Although Marie had never seen Tess’s older brother, she sure heard a lot about him.
“Cool, Katy and Bridget will be there right?” Marie wondered aloud.
“Oh I forgot to mention it, they both have plans tonight, its just you and me.” Tess joked seductively as she stretched her arm across the lunch table and walked her fingers up Marie’s arm, causing the girls burst out laughing.
“You’re so goofy Tess, where would I be without you?” she laughed.
“Bored, and lonely…” Tess winked. Marie smirked and laughed again.
The rest of the day flew by, and before Marie could believe it the final bell rang and she was off to the parking lot. She met Tess by the door and they walked silently to her car. They hopped in and shot away from the school. Tess rolled down all the windows, including the sun roof, letting the brisk February air into the car, and blasted “Hips Don’t Lie” on the radio as they drove down the small town roads. They both sang as loudly as they could and Marie couldn’t be happier.
“Friiiiidaaaaay!” Tess yelled at the top of her voice. “THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY!!” Marie stuck her hands up and gave out a whoop in response to Tess’s yelling. They turned onto a dirt road and continued for more then a mile, which had Marie confused.
“Where are we going?” she wondered out loud.
“To my house I told you I lived in the sticks,” She chuckled, “well the sticks of California.”
“Oh” Marie sat back and watched the beautiful scenery go by and wished she lived somewhere this special. Suddenly they came upon a mammoth house that Marie could scarcely take in. She just couldn’t believe its enormous size, what would someone need with this much room? The car rolled to a stop and the girls got out and walked inside.
“Tess!!!!!” Squealed a little girl running up to them and grabbing Tess‘s leg. She looked about six years old and had lighter hair then Tess, but the exact same big brown eyes.
“Hey bean! How was your day little girl?” Tess replied brightly.
“It was good, me and mommy are playing with noodles in the kitchen. Who is this?” She asked, poking Marie in the thigh curiously.
“My name is Marie, I’m gunna sleep over, is that ok?” She asked while bending down to get to eye level. She hoped this little girl liked her enough to want her to stay.
“Yaaaaaaaay!!! A seep over!” She screamed, running into another part of the house. Tess and Marie laughed and followed her into a giant kitchen that looked like it was made to feed an army. The entire house had wood paneling that was beautiful and Marie had a hard time not looking around.
“That was Jillian, but we call her jilly bean, or bean for short. She’s my sister.” They walked in the kitchen and saw one older boy with spiky dirty blonde hair and twin girls who had a caramel brown hair that went down there back and looked exactly alike sitting at a extremely large wooden table eating something. A medium built woman turned around and Marie instantly knew this was Tess’s mom due to their identical eyes.
“Hello! What’s your name again? I’m so sorry, we have so many around here I lose track sometimes.” She said with a warm smile as she went to dry her hands on a towel.
“My name is Marie, we moved here after Christmas. I’m still kind of new.” Marie replied.
“Its very nice to meet you Marie. I’m Katherine.” She explained as she took Marie’s hand comfortably. “We are having spaghetti for dinner, is that ok?” She asked.
“Oh, yeah, that’s fine.” Marie answered. Her and Tess walked over to the table to sit.
“These are my cousins. This is Chloe and Ann,” Tess said motioned to the twins, “they are 11.”
“Hi.” One waved and nudged her sister sitting next to her.
“Oh, uh hi.” said the other twin. One was texting and the other had a Harry Potter book right next to her face.
“Hi.” replied Marie awkwardly.
“And this is Alex, he’s 14.” Alex stayed focused of the video game he held in his hand and completely ignored Tess. “He’ll say hi later. Once he’s back to the land of the living, that is.” They went to the living room and watched a movie for about an hour and a half.
“Come on, lets go up stairs.” The girls jumped from their seats and rounded the corner to the giant stair case in the front entrée. When Tess made it to the top she turned to the left and walked down a hall way to her bedroom, which was twice the size of Marie’s own bedroom.
“Whoa…you’re room is big. Your house is so cool.” Marie said, secretly jealous.
“Ya, I like it, but the only reason we have it is because my grandpa built it, we aren’t rich or anything.” Tess said nonchalantly. Marie inwardly breathed a sigh of relief and laughed at herself for being self conscious.
“Oh, that’s cool.” Marie bounced on Tess’s bed and looked up at the ceiling.
“Sooo, how is Dylan? Mr. Hunk and a half?” Marie joked.
“Hmmm, delicious.” She said with a mischievous grin, “I’ll tell you about it after dinner, lets go.”
“Ok, I’ll meet you down there. Where is your bathroom?” Marie requested.
“Oh its down the hall and next to the stairs.”
Marie slowly made her way down the hall, admiring the house’s beauty along the way. While she was using said bathroom she heard loud footsteps on the stairs and wondered who would be stomping up the stair case so loudly. Suddenly there was a bang at the bathroom door that made her jump.
“Tess!” A deep voice yelled. “Tess god, hurry up!” Marie quickly finished up and swung open the door. ‘No,’ She thought, ‘no, it can’t be. There is no way in hell its him! He’s the guy from my dream!’
“Uh, s-sorry.” She stuttered. As she remembered the details of her dream, her cheeks flooded with heat.

    Don’t you want to come with me?
    Don’t you want to feel my bones on your bones?
    It’s only natural.
    Don’t you want to swim with me?
    Don’t you want to feel my skin on your skin?
    It’s only natural.


     

    Chapter 3

    Marie

    Completely drained, she sluggishly stumbled upon the kitchen. It was eight o’clock by the time she finished her homework (and surfing the web) and dragged herself house side of her sanctuary to see her mom. She heard the T.V. but didn’t recognize what her sister was watching. Marie opened the refrigerator slowly, knowing she was hungry but still not sure what it was she was craving. She saw milk, baked chicken, day old lasagna, and cold pizza from Wednesday. She finally decided on the pizza, knowing the lasagna would be more satisfying, but her laziness won over and pizza was the next best thing.

    “I heated up your lasagna.” her mother’s voice whispered softly, startling her. “I know how much you like it.”

    Marie looked in the direction of her mother, avoiding eye contact. “Thanks.” She said stiffly, though her mom knew she was sincere. Marie shifted from the counter back to the fridge, returning the pizza to its temporary home. She was drawn to the steamy lasagna and deeply inhaled, letting the comforting scent flood though her nose. Her mom stood in the kitchen as if waiting for something. Marie hated what they had become, but she couldn’t help but feel the slightest bit of resentment towards her, and it occasionally seeped through her façade.

    She had grown cold and calloused towards her mom over the summer. She was, after all, directly responsible for her life being uprooted; however pathetic the life she worked so hard for was, it was hers. She didn’t have anything special, but she was happy, truly happy with her small group of close friends in San Francisco. During the summer she had only her sister and her mom. However, her mom was working full time, meaning she really only had her sister.

    As the months went by she could feel herself fading into the background. During times like these she would have overwhelmingly large waves of loneliness wash over her, and just wanted to be left alone even more then before. Logically, she knew it wasn’t right to be upset with her mom. She loved her daughters, and provided for them and there really wasn’t anything she could do about them moving. She wasn’t exactly in the position to quit her job just because it would anger her teenager daughter to be moved.

    Marie huffed and began eating her lasagna that was no longer steaming. She looked up and saw her there, still in the kitchen, waiting. Her mom was about 5’5, with broad shoulders that matched her build. Although she wasn’t petite, she was beautiful and had maintained her beauty far into her late forties. Everyone said Marie looked just like her mother, but she often had trouble seeing it.

    “Yes?” Marie inquired curiously. The sour look on her mothers face told Marie something was wrong, but wasn’t sure if she had caused it or if it was because of another trying day in her frustrating office.

    “Are you mad at me, Marie?” She choked out slowly, her frozen mask shattering into a million pieces, making each tiny bit of pain on her face visible to Marie.

    “What? Why?” Marie paused in her eating, worried her mom heard those awful thoughts she was having. She knew it was impossible , but the idea of telepathy always entertained her.

    “Because it has been a month since school started and you have probably said two words a day to me. I feel like I don’t know anything about you. I…I just feel like I’m losing you.” She stood in front of Marie, unintentionally trapping her between the counter and the fridge.

    Marie felt a rush of guilt. Why was she mad at her mom anyways? Marie glanced at her mother-who was far shorter then her, due to the genes she inherited from her father. She couldn’t help but feel ashamed for blaming her. None of this was her fault, she had given up her life as well for their well being. It then dawned on Marie that her mother may feel just as alone as she does.

    She set her half eaten plate of lasagna on the counter and walked to her mom. Lying her head on her shoulder and wrapping her arms around her middle, they both stood together ion silence, holding each other like they used to.

    “Love you mom.” Marie whispered.

    “I love you too baby girl.” Marie planted a kiss on her cheek and released her. After eating the rest of her lasagna she remembered she had to shower and quickly put her dishes in the sink.

    Marie walked into the small bathroom and turned on the shower. As the steam began to appear she put on her favorite song and slowly stripped each piece of clothing from her tired body. The full length mirror beside the sink gave her a full view of her pale skin. She stood examining herself and found she was actually pretty content, aside from the tiny bump on her lower abdomen that she could never do enough crunches to get rid of, she really liked her body.

    Once she was in she sang along to the seductive lyrics, wishing she had some company in the shower where she stood alone. She washed herself slowly and thoroughly, running her hands over every inch of her skin. The hot water pounded on her pack, relaxing her and putting her at ease. She finished up and stepped out of the shower.

    Noticing something on her chest, she straitened her body and looked in the mirror again. She hadn’t noticed before but there were small stretch marks on her right breast, which unfortunately meant she was growing again. Not that she minded that much, but the stretch marks were inconvenient.

    She made her way back to her room and put on a purple tank and some underwear, dried her hair and curled up in her bed, relieved to finally be sleeping.

    She saw a boy, no a man, in the dark standing before her. She fixed her eyes on his dark, crisp features that she almost recognized. He was very handsome, and before her inhibitions had time to register she was leaning forward into a kiss. He kissed her back, slowly and gently at first, but before her mind could catch up with her actions it became hungry and lustful.

    Suddenly there was a wall behind them and she felt him pushing against her. She felt her pulse rising along with her desire. Her breathing quickened and she no longer thought about her actions, but let her body decide. She felt his rough hand on her thigh, driving her heart beat to a pace she never thought possible, and he slowly dragged his fingers upward, caressing her along the way.

    She boldly let her tongue escape from her lips into his mouth. She followed his lead and her instincts as they continued. His hand, that was tracing intricate patterns onto her thigh, was trailing up to her hip and worked its way under her shirt. Light fingers grazed her skin, electrifying the air and sending sparks throughout her midsection. Soon his fingers reached her waist, where they grasped her body firmly and pulled her closer.

    It was strange that he managed to be gentle and have complete control at the same time. She felt as if she were swimming in the ocean, completely engulfed by something so powerful, so unstoppable, but knowing that she could get out anytime she pleased. Instead, she chose to ride the waves of pleasure for as long as they would last.

    She had one arm reaching upward, tightly holding on with the limb laced around his neck. The other was lower, much lower. She started at his shoulder and slowly brought her hand down feeling his strong, taut muscles that she couldn’t believe. She felt his strong abdomen and went lower. Finally, she reached his jeans and slipped the tips of her fingers inside, lightly teasing his lower stomach. She stretched her fingers upward and found what she wanted. ‘Yes!’ She thought. His abs were tight and smooth and she couldn’t keep her hands away from them.

    She felt him drag his hand down her stomach, past her belly button and down to her underwear. He slipped his hand inside and began messaging her.

    “Oh…Uh.” she moaned. He began fingering her and she arched her back, overwhelmed by the intense pleasure. He added another finger and got rougher with his movements, but she soon realized the rougher he was, the better it felt. He added another finger and continued. She winced at first, but soon the pain was instantly being transferred into pleasure this man was bringing her.

    “Oh…Oh god.” She moaned louder. She wanted to go all the way, she wanted with every stitch of her body. As if he heard her request he began roughly pushing her back and she tripped on a bed. They fell onto it and began rapidly removing clothing, as if their lives depended on it.

    Soon they were naked and there were no longer any barriers between their bodies. He was heavy on top of her, but she liked it. His skin was warm and smooth, and he smelled of the forest. Lifting himself, he entered her carefully, gently. It was incredible, like nothing she’d ever felt before. Her walls tightened and quivered around him as he moved inside her. He growled, turning her on more then she already was. She moaned again as they made love. She felt her breathing quicken and her entire body tensed, she finally felt the release she had been longing for.

    She rolled over in her sleep, only to awaken herself from her amazing dream. She was sweating and breathing rapidly. She sighed disappointedly and looked up at the full moon, wishing more then anything to return to that…

    ~~~

    Derek

    He loved the way the leaves crunched underneath his feet as he and his sister ran through the damp forest. Something he loved about California was that they never had much of a winter. Even now in early February, all he needed was a hoodie to stay warm. He liked to keep a steady pace, while his sister Tess was unpredictable and sporadic in her running. Derek breathed in, inhaling the scent of a group of deer about a quarter mile away.

    They continued running but suddenly he stopped, motioning for Tess to follow his lead. It was then that they turned, needing to be ready for the hunt. He felt his nails growing and his now massive K-9s were poking out so that he had to let his mouth hang slightly open. They stealthily inched closer to where he smelled the group of dear. Derek’s only focus at that moment was the large buck standing a couple hundred yards from him. In and instant he raced forward tackling the deer and latching onto his neck and breaking it, killing the buck quickly and painlessly.

    While he ate, he let his humanity soak away completely and let his animal take over. His mind was clear and he felt at peace here in the forest. He finished up and looked around, unsure of where Tess went. He let out a deep howl, knowing she would respond. He enjoyed times like this, times when he could rely solely on his instincts.

    Tess howled from a distance, calling Derek‘s attention towards her. She must have chased her deer a ways before making the kill. He began walking through the woods and suddenly smelled something…off. He jogged up the hill and gaped at the open field below. What he saw shocked him back into his human form. The field was burned…badly, but only in certain spots. He looked closely and saw it was in a perfect spiral.

    “Tess!” He yelled with fear in his voice. He ran quickly following her scent. “Teeeess!” He yelled louder. Where was she?! He knew they needed to get back to the pack, more importantly back to his father.

    “Derek! Derek what’s’ wrong?!” She asked nervously, genuinely confused.

    “Tess, look. Do you know what this is?” He looked around, wondering who did this.

    “No… Derek this is freaking me out, lets go home.” She pleaded as she tugged on his jacket.

    “Ok, yeah…lets go.” He replied, still looking at the field.

    They swiftly ran through the dense woods heading strait for home. Derek felt a million questions buzzing in his head all at once, and had a sickening feeling in the pit of his stomach. Although he couldn’t be sure, he could hear the echo of Kate’s voice. ‘You’ll regret this.’ He turned around one last time before he hit full speed.

    They began howling when they were within ear shot and by the time they were at the house his dad and uncle Peter were waiting on the porch. His father looked a lot like him, but had the signs of wisdom and age on his face. Peter looked like family but had taken after his mom and didn’t share the sharp features Derek and his father did. Right now he looked concerned, for it was very rare for a wolf to call that urgently on his own territory. Derek and Tess jerked to a stop as their dad stepped forward.

    “What’s wrong?” He urged.

    “Dad someone has been on our land, there is a giant spiral burnt into the ground over in a field.”

    “Wait. What did you just say?” He turned to Peter with a worried look.

    “A spiral, its burnt into the grass. What’s wrong? What does it mean?”

    “Nothing, it means nothing…” Derek’s mom stepped out of the house onto the porch and looked to his father.

    “What’s the matter?” She questioned. He looked over at his wife lovingly, “Its nothing Katherine, Derek and Tess found something in the woods. Me and Derek will go check it out, don’t worry.” He replied as he pecked her on the cheek. It was obvious that the years they had spent together had only made them more in love.

    They ran back to the field as quickly as possible, luckily Derek had no trouble finding the area. His dad and Peter cautiously walked around the charred grass sniffing the air, looking for a scent and mumbling every now and then. He looked around and finally up at Derek.

    “Who ever did this knows what we are, and they knew what they were doing.” Peter said coolly. Derek felt spooked, he was glad he was with his dad.

    “What is this dad?” He demanded. “What does it mean?”

    His dad looked down and shifted the dirt under his shoes. Looking up at Peter and then to Derek he answered, “It means…revenge.”

    ~~~

    Marie

    “Hey Tess, did your mom say I could come over today?” Marie questioned. She was excited that she was being accepted into Tess’s group so easily, and was getting close to these girls. Friday night sleepovers were what she missed the most about best friends.

    “Ya, she even let me have the car today! We don’t have to ride with Derek after all!” Tess proclaimed excitedly. Although Marie had never seen Tess’s older brother, she sure heard a lot about him.

    “Cool, Katy and Bridget will be there right?” Marie wondered aloud.

    “Oh I forgot to mention it, they both have plans tonight, its just you and me.” Tess joked seductively as she stretched her arm across the lunch table and walked her fingers up Marie’s arm, causing the girls burst out laughing.

    “You’re so goofy Tess, where would I be without you?” she laughed.

    “Bored, and lonely…” Tess winked. Marie smirked and laughed again.

    The rest of the day flew by, and before Marie could believe it the final bell rang and she was off to the parking lot. She met Tess by the door and they walked silently to her car. They hopped in and shot away from the school. Tess rolled down all the windows, including the sun roof, letting the brisk February air into the car, and blasted “Hips Don’t Lie” on the radio as they drove down the small town roads. They both sang as loudly as they could and Marie couldn’t be happier.

    “Friiiiidaaaaay!” Tess yelled at the top of her voice. “THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY!!” Marie stuck her hands up and gave out a whoop in response to Tess’s yelling. They turned onto a dirt road and continued for more then a mile, which had Marie confused.

    “Where are we going?” she wondered out loud.

    “To my house I told you I lived in the sticks,” She chuckled, “well the sticks of California.”

    “Oh” Marie sat back and watched the beautiful scenery go by and wished she lived somewhere this special. Suddenly they came upon a mammoth house that Marie could scarcely take in. She just couldn’t believe its enormous size, what would someone need with this much room? The car rolled to a stop and the girls got out and walked inside.

    “Tess!!!!!” Squealed a little girl running up to them and grabbing Tess‘s leg. She looked about six years old and had lighter hair then Tess, but the exact same big brown eyes.

    “Hey bean! How was your day little girl?” Tess replied brightly.

    “It was good, me and mommy are playing with noodles in the kitchen. Who is this?” She asked, poking Marie in the thigh curiously.

    “My name is Marie, I’m gunna sleep over, is that ok?” She asked while bending down to get to eye level. She hoped this little girl liked her enough to want her to stay.

    “Yaaaaaaaay!!! A seep over!” She screamed, running into another part of the house. Tess and Marie laughed and followed her into a giant kitchen that looked like it was made to feed an army. The entire house had wood paneling that was beautiful and Marie had a hard time not looking around.

    “That was Jillian, but we call her jilly bean, or bean for short. She’s my sister.” They walked in the kitchen and saw one older boy with spiky dirty blonde hair and twin girls who had a caramel brown hair that went down there back and looked exactly alike sitting at a extremely large wooden table eating something. A medium built woman turned around and Marie instantly knew this was Tess’s mom due to their identical eyes.

    “Hello! What’s your name again? I’m so sorry, we have so many around here I lose track sometimes.” She said with a warm smile as she went to dry her hands on a towel.

    “My name is Marie, we moved here after Christmas. I’m still kind of new.” Marie replied.

    “Its very nice to meet you Marie. I’m Katherine.” She explained as she took Marie’s hand comfortably. “We are having spaghetti for dinner, is that ok?” She asked.

    “Oh, yeah, that’s fine.” Marie answered. Her and Tess walked over to the table to sit.

    “These are my cousins. This is Chloe and Ann,” Tess said motioned to the twins, “they are 11.”

    “Hi.” One waved and nudged her sister sitting next to her.

    “Oh, uh hi.” said the other twin. One was texting and the other had a Harry Potter book right next to her face.

    “Hi.” replied Marie awkwardly.

    “And this is Alex, he’s 14.” Alex stayed focused of the video game he held in his hand and completely ignored Tess. “He’ll say hi later. Once he’s back to the land of the living, that is.” They went to the living room and watched a movie for about an hour and a half.

    “Come on, lets go up stairs.” The girls jumped from their seats and rounded the corner to the giant stair case in the front entrée. When Tess made it to the top she turned to the left and walked down a hall way to her bedroom, which was twice the size of Marie’s own bedroom.

    “Whoa…you’re room is big. Your house is so cool.” Marie said, secretly jealous.

    “Ya, I like it, but the only reason we have it is because my grandpa built it, we aren’t rich or anything.” Tess said nonchalantly. Marie inwardly breathed a sigh of relief and laughed at herself for being self conscious.

    “Oh, that’s cool.” Marie bounced on Tess’s bed and looked up at the ceiling.

    “Sooo, how is Dylan? Mr. Hunk and a half?” Marie joked.

    “Hmmm, delicious.” She said with a mischievous grin, “I’ll tell you about it after dinner, lets go.”

    “Ok, I’ll meet you down there. Where is your bathroom?” Marie requested.

    “Oh its down the hall and next to the stairs.”

    Marie slowly made her way down the hall, admiring the house’s beauty along the way. While she was using said bathroom she heard loud footsteps on the stairs and wondered who would be stomping up the stair case so loudly. Suddenly there was a bang at the bathroom door that made her jump.

    “Tess!” A deep voice yelled. “Tess god, hurry up!” Marie quickly finished up and swung open the door. ‘No,’ She thought, ‘no, it can’t be. There is no way in hell its him! He’s the guy from my dream!’

    “Uh, s-sorry.” She stuttered. As she remembered the details of her dream, her cheeks flooded with heat.