“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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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