Bella tossed and turned in her sleep. Soft whimpers escaped her lips every once in a while. But this overwhelming feeling had her shooting awake, covered in sweat.
She didn’t even bother getting dressed. Bella phased into her wolf form and leaped out of the window. She howled out calling to him, once she entered the woods. She whined as she received no answer. Panic swept over her as she began to try and pick up his scent. Once she finally got a trace of him she took off, following the trail. Soft growls escaped her lips as his blood was amongst the ground of the path she was following.
Her entire body came to a halt. Her tail lowered as she made her way over. Derek was propped up against a tree, beat to a pulp. She cried out and tried licking him awake, but he wouldn’t stir. At this she transformed back.
“Derek…” Her bottom lip quivered as she tried shaking him.
“Derek! Please! Wake up!”
She covered her mouth in sheer panic.
“Hold on! I’m going to get help!”
She took off switching back once again.
“You hear that?” Scott questioned. He thought he heard what sounded like scratching at the window.
Stiles shrugged and paused his video game. He heard it again, followed by a howl. Scott hopped off the bed and made his way to the window. Bella was still in her wolf transformation, desperately clawing at the window. Scott lifted Stiles window and hurriedly climbed out. He didn’t even question it. He merely followed her as he took off.
“Oh come on!” Stiles bitched as he looked out the window and saw the two of them taking off.
Scott grimaced upon the sight, once she led him to Derek. She nudged Derek and whimpered out eyeing Scott, helplessly. Scott nodded and hunkered down.
“Hey… Come on, Derek.”
Bella continued to nudge him.
“He’ll be ok, Bella.” Scott assured and grunted as he picked Derek up.
“He’s like lifting a sack of bricks.” Scott groaned and Bella followed him to the Hale house.
Bella’s emotions weighed upon her so heavily, she couldn’t switch back. Once Scott got Derek set up on the couch, she leaped up and curled up in Derek’s lap.
“It’s going to take him a few days to fully recuperate.”
Scott reached out and patted her on the head as tears formed in her eyes.
“Just stay put. I’ll go gather some supplies.”
She nodded and Scott darted out the door.
Bella didn’t budge. Her eyes fixated on Derek and tears fled from them as she whimpered with concern off and on.
Before long, Scott returned with Stiles and supplies from Dr. Deaton’s office.
“Damn…” Stiles uttered as he and Scott tended to his wounds.
Bella grew irate with herself for not being able to switch back. She looked to Scott with desperation. Bella felt she should be the one caring for Derek! He nodded as they continued checking Derek over.
“It happens. You just need to find a focus point.” Scott explains.
She shook her head and licked Derek’s fingers. Scott sighed.
“He wouldn’t want you doing this to yourself.”
Bella left out a puff of air and jumped down. She paced the area as they finished up. Bella’s attention snapped towards the door as she picked up a scent. She growled in such a way that sent Stile’s chills. He looked to Scott wide eyed. Before Scott could get a word out, they heard the shattering of glass.
“NO BELLA!” Scott shouted sensing the other presence.
Bella had charged through the glass of the Hale house, and had Jasper Whitlock pinned to the ground. She had her paw up against his sternum. Her eyes were wild as she picked up Derek’s scent. She spotted patches of her mate’s blood on his clothing.
“Easy now…” Jasper spoke softly, raising his hands in the air.
“I’m not here to cause more trouble.”
She bares her teeth and growls right in his face. He nods.
“I’m sorry… I only meant to shake him up a bit. To get my point across… The others weren’t even meant to get involved!”
Jasper quickly brought his arm up as Bella went for his jugular.
“I’m not going to fight you, lil darlin’.”
He groans out as she bites down on his wrist. She starts to shake violently.
“Fuck!” Jasper calls out as she was about to take his hand.
Bella gets tossed up against the Hale house.
“NO ALICE! DAMMIT! I TOLD YOU NOT TO FOLLOW ME!” Jasper yells.
Alice ignores him and dives after Bella.
“I swear to GOD if you hurt her, we’re done!” Jasper shouts irately.
Alice stops as she had Bella on the ground.
“That’s right! I’m not fucking around. We’ve done enough damage!”
Bella reversed the hold Alice had on her. She got a hold of Alice’s throat.
“NOOOOOOOOOO!” Jasper cried out on top of his lungs.
He dived over and shoved Bella off her. A good chunk of Alice’s throat was in Bella’s mouth. Alice was reaching to her throat in a panic. Scott and Stiles rushed out of the house catching the aftermath. Jasper’s eyes were locked onto Bella’s. He was using everything he had within him, to influence her. Her emotions were so heavy that it was making Jasper lightheaded the harder he tried. She let out soft whimpers as she tried fighting it. Jasper swallowed back, pressing his forehead against hers. Her body slowly began to morph back.
She punched at him with everything she had.
“I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU ALL! I HOPE YOU ALL BURN IN HELL!”
Jasper winced and rolled over realizing she was nude. Alice was rolling along the ground in torment.
“HOW DARE YOU COME AFTER MY MATE! YOU FUCKING PRICKS! YOU HAVEN’T ANY IDEA WHAT YOU JUST STARTED. YOU WANTED ME AS AN ENEMY? WAS THAT IT?”
“Not at all darlin’…”
“WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, COMING AFTER MY MAN LIKE THAT?!”
Alice came to her feet and was trying to say something but couldn’t with half her throat missing.
“Oh that must be killing you. Let me guess, you didn’t see this coming?” Bella bends down, picking up the chunk she’d ripped out of Alice’s throat. She tosses it about in her hand.
“You want to end up like Eddie boy, is that it? I’m more than willing to make that happen.”
Stiles and Scott looked to one another surprised by Bella’s dark mannerism. She got this malicious grin on her face. She walked up to Alice and cramped it into her mouth, clamping her hand over her mouth as she did.
“Choke on that one bitch. If any of you come into this town again. I will personally make it my pleasure to end your life myself.” She snaps a look towards Jasper.
“Even yours Major… That’s not to say if I ever run into any of you. I won’t take care of business myself. As of now… You’re all on my shit list. And this is something I will never forgive or forget. And if he dies… I will find a way to kill your entire coven! Mark my words! Now get the fuck out! I better not ever see your faces in Beacon Hills again. Do I make myself clear?!’
Jasper nodded. Alice eyed Bella ruefully.
“He had it coming!” Bella said looking Jasper in the eyes.
“You know he did! I stand behind Derek on this one! Now get before I find Edward and end him myself!”
Alice gritted her teeth on this.
“Are you and I going to have an issue?” Bella questioned eyeing Alice.
“No you won’t…” Jasper spoke for her.
“We are leaving at once.”
He sighs looking towards the house. He wasn’t just sensing Bella’s distress, but Derek’s as well. But even through Derek’s pain was concern for his mate. Jasper couldn’t believe how strongly these two felt for one another. Part of him was envious. He glanced towards his wife in thought. He’d never felt anything close to that coming off her for him. And he wasn’t sure he felt that way for her. Sure he loved Alice. But there was something about Derek and Bella. That certainly had Jasper on the jealous side. Something he wasn’t ever used to feeling. He didn’t care for it. Not one bit. He did a gentleman’s bow before scooping up his injured wife and leaving the premises at once.
“Well shit.” Scott and Stiles chorus, after they’re gone.
Scott and Stiles gave her the once over, as she headed back inside. They cut each other scolding glances afterword, but couldn’t comment considering they were both guilty. That didn’t stop Scott from smacking Stiles in the back of the head however.
“What the?” Scott chuckled and made his way inside.
“Just imagine how awkward it’ll be when she becomes your sister!” Stiles calls out rubbing the back of his head sorely.
Bella made her way up stairs and gathered one of Derek’s shirts and a pair of his sweat pants.
She was making her way back down when Derek called out her name. At this she took off in a sprint. She rushed to his side to see he was still out. But he was covered in sweat and looked to be having a nightmare. Bella swallowed back and took his hand.
“I’m right here, Derek.”
She ran her hand along his forehead. She brought his hand to her cheek and continued to caress the top of his head. His body was starting to heal, it was just a slow process.
“Thank you…” Bella called back over her shoulder.
Scott and Stiles nodded. Bella was doing her best to gain control of her emotions.
“I got it from here. You two can go on. Get some sleep.”
“I don’t mind staying…” Scott offered.
She forced a smile his way.
“Thanks Scott. But we’ll be ok. Like you said, he just needs some time.”
Stiles and Scott exchange glances. Scott shook his head thinking of Peter and the so called “army” he was building. He cringed on the possible outcome of leaving Bella alone with a wounded Derek.
“I’m staying.” Scott whispers to Stiles.
“So… awkward slumber party it is!”
They turned however to see Bella on her knees before Derek. She’d broken into sobs, not able to hold it any longer. Scott motioned for Stiles to follow him outside, to give her some privacy.
“So…” Stiles says once they’re outside.
“She’s got it pretty rough… They both do…”
“All the more reason I need to talk to my mother about extending our stay.”
“What about school?”
“I’m sure the death of a friend is excuse enough to miss a few days.”
They both wrinkle their noses in thought.
“So… You and Lydia? You two finally…?”
Stiles grins and looks towards the house.
“Actually, I owe her on that one.”
“Really?!” Scott says, rather impressed.
“Yeah… she’s pretty cool. It’s too bad you have to go back. I really think you two would click. Then again, it seems as if your mother and her father…”
“Shut it, Stilinski!”
Stiles chuckles and shrugs.
“Just calling it like I see it… Bubba…”
Scott rolls his eyes. Stiles dies in laughter as another thought comes to mind.
“Think about it if you two end up related. That means you’re related to him…” He motions back towards the house.”
Scott raised his brows on this.
“He could wind you your brother in law. In the wolf sense they’re already married aren’t they?”
Scott rolled his eyes in thought.
“You’re just eating this up aren’t you?”
Scott smirks on this and shakes his head.
“You haven’t changed a bit.”
“Was I supposed to?”
“No… Bella!” Derek reached out to her as she was being dragged away from him. He couldn’t move his legs. He looked down to see he’d been hobbled.
“No DAMMIT!” He called out as she was being pulled by her hair and by the massive werewolf they’d taken on at the hospital.
A familiar laugh carried over and he felt his presence.
“Such the pathetic alpha you are. You couldn’t even protect your mate. Now I’m going to have my way with what’s yours, while you watch every agonizing second of it. Once I’m done fucking your bitch… I’m going to rip your heart out and reclaim my status. You will die knowing how badly you failed! And how weak you truly were… You will die knowing she belongs to ME! She was never yours! SHE’S MINE DEREK!”
Derek shot up and looked around gathering his surroundings. He sucked back a breath seeing Bella’s head was resting against his chest. She’d fallen asleep but was still sitting on the wooden floor beside him. He reached out and caressed her cheek. He narrowed his eyes taking notice of Stiles and Scott as well. They were sitting on the floor of the living room. They too had fallen asleep with their heads up against the wall.
Derek sorely rose, stretching his body about. Bella softly moaned in her sleep and snuggled up against him even more. He rubbed the sleep from his eyes and carefully moved out from under Bella. He went to stand up however and went down hardcore. Bella shot awake at this as Derek struggled to get to his feet.
“Don’t!” She scolded.
He curled his lip angrily.
“You’re in no shape to be walking.”
He rolls his eyes. Derek rolls back and rests his head up against the couch. He rolls his pant legs up and flinches. Now he understood the nightmares he was having. His legs were covered in bruises.
“Scott…” Bella called out.
He and Stiles gradually came too.
“Can you help me?”
He nodded and came to his feet. They got him upstairs, where Bella ran Derek a warm bath.
He sneered at this.
“Oh cut it out! Nothing wrong with needing help.” She scolds.
“I don’t need help!”
He nods once again.
“OK fine. Scott let go.”
Scott looks to her rather wide eyed.
She releases and steps away from Derek. Scott swallows back rather apprehensively but does as she wishes. She nods in approval.
“So we’ll just leave you to it…” She says with a shrug.
“Good luck getting to the bath and all. Hope you don’t need to pee…”
They observe as Derek crawls towards the counter. He starts using it to get to his feet. Bella raises her brows as he succeeds at first. He glances towards the toilet and then the bathtub.
“Something wrong?” She utters as he tries to take a step but quickly grabs the counter once more.
Derek grits his teeth and pinches the bridge of his nose. Scott found himself rather impressed, realizing what she was doing.
“Fine…?” She probes.
“I need help.” He says through gritted teeth.
“We’d be more than happy to help!” She cuts a wink Scott’s direction. He softly chuckles.
Derek rolls his eyes once again. They help him do what he needs before getting into the bath. Derek loathed every moment. Well, all of it except for the sponge bath treatment he got once Scott left the room. In fact even through his misery he managed to get wood.
Bella scolds during his bath. He shrugs.
“Not my fault…”
“I’m not even doing anything sexual…” She defends.
He cocks a brow as she continues to soap him down.
He sighs and leans back. Bella felt the lump returning to her throat as she truly took notice of the beating his entire body took. Sure, he was healing now. But he was still covered in bruises from head to toe. It kept all will to keep her anger in check. The Cullen’s hadn’t a clue just how badly they fucked up. She kept her head down, doing her best to hide her tears as she finished helping Derek. But there was no hiding it. Even if he couldn’t see it, he could sense it. He painfully reached out and cupped her chin.
He had her face him.
She nodded, but the tears seemed to come down even harder.
“I’m so sorry….”
“This is all my fault… I …”
“Dammit Bella, knock that shit off!”
“Oh come on, we both know if it weren’t for me! They’d have never touched you! Same issue with Peter and everything else around us! Open your eyes Derek! Everything is because of ME! You’re going to wind up dead and then what?!”
“You’re really pissing me off you know that!”
“You should be pissed! I enter your life and BAM! It goes right to hell!”
“You stop that RIGHT NOW!”
“It’s true and you know it!”
“You don’t know anything! You don’t know what my life was like before you came along. You think I didn’t already have issues with my uncle?! And as for the Cullens’ you can’t even begin to take them blame for those pieces of shit! This was their doing, their choice! You haven’t any control over others and what they do!”
Meanwhile, Stiles and Scott eyed one another uncomfortably as they heard the two fighting from downstairs.
“Do they always…?” Scott hints.
Stiles half laughs.
“Oh believe me this is nothing….”
“It’s like they’re an old married couple. You’d think they’d been together for like 50 years or something.”
“That bad, huh…?”
“Yeah but I bet the sex is hot!”
Scott reared back.
“Did you really just say that shit?”
“Just saying… If they’re that passionate with their words… Can you imagine?”
“Not particularly… no…”
“Huh… Well I can!”
“Good for you!
Stile smiles as if he truly accomplished something great. Scott sighs on this.
Bella comes to her feet once she’s done. Her hands were shaking and she paced the bathroom.
“I can’t lose you… ” Derek swallowed back as she reached to her heart.
“When I found you…” She closed her eyes, looking ill.
She sinks down against the wall. Bella brings her knees up to her chest.
“I can sense him still, you know… He’ not about to give up. His plans are to end you once and for all and take your place. This is just the beginning. Even now I can feel him…”
Derek grimaced on this. He himself felt as though his nightmare was about to come true.
“We might’ve got the Cullen’s squared away for now. But Peter… That’s another story entirely. He’s not even close to giving up and…”
She shuts her eyes for a moment, feeling that familiar tug.
He lifts his eyes towards her as he drains the tub.
“How is it that you’re my mate and alpha… but I can still feel the pull he has on me?”
Derek himself wished he had an answer for that, but didn’t. Part of him truly feared that his uncle was by far stronger than he. If so… He hated to dream of the outcome to all this. All Derek knew was it was worth dying for, in order to keep his mate safe. He wiggled his finger about. Bella came to her feet. He motions for her to get in the tub with him. She crawls on in, taking precaution with the bruises along his body. He winces at first when she straddles him. She goes to rise out of concern, only he shakes his head and wraps his arms around her. He has her lying against his chest. Derek kisses the top of her head.
“I love you…” She softly said against his chest.
He shuts his eyes for an moment, breathing her in.
“I love you too, Bella.”
“What do you mean you can’t come home yet?! Where the hell are you kid?!
“Dad…I just need you to trust me.”
He sighs on the other end.
“Let me guess… This has to do with that supposed “mate” of yours.”
“Nothing “supposed” about it dad.”
She lifts her eyes towards Scott in thought.
“So how’d it go last night?” She cringed at her own question.
She could already picture the odd look on her father’s face.
“You’re asking me how last night went?” Charlie inquired with disbelief to his voice.
“Well how didn’t it go…”
“LALALALA OKAY… I didn’t mean I wanted details. It was a simple question!”
“I hadn’t even started with the details.” Charlie taunts with a chuckle.
“Ugh… I don’t know what I’m worried about; you probably need a blue pill anyway.”
Charlie sighs with slight frustration.
“So when are you coming home?”
“I’ve heard that before and you were gone for three days!”
“Dad, please. I just need you to trust me on this. I can’t come home. Just not right at this moment.”
Scott reared back at the déjà vu behind her words. He remembered that all too well. He and his mother had gone through this very ordeal numerously. He narrowed his eyes in thought.
“Look whatever it is, you’re not wanting to tell me, just be careful.”
“Dad, it’s not that. I just can’t tell you over the phone. There’s a lot going on.”
“Does this have anything to do with your friend that recently passed away?”
“Dad…” She says hesitantly.
“Right…” He replies with a sigh.
“Just come home soon. And when you do, we really need to talk about all this. We made a promise remember?”
“Yeah about that… When were you going to tell me about Melissa McCall?”
“I’ve my reasons for that.”
“So you’re saying it’s different when you lie. Right?”
“I never lied.”
“No, you simply withheld information from me.”
Scott grinned to himself. He truly couldn’t believe the similarities.
“See…?” Stiles utters nudging his arm.
Scott nods, but says nothing on the matter.
“Bells…” Charlie says with frustration to his voice.
“Yes, dad?” She replies with an innocent yet playful manner.
“I’ll talk to you later…”
“Ok then. Love you, bye dad!”
All three guys cock a brow at this.
Bella gazed out the window as she stuffed her phone back into her pocket.
“We’ll have to board this up…”
Scott nods looking around.
“I’m sure we can find something around here.”
Derek raised his brows. He hadn’t even taken notice of the window, until now.
“Do I even want to know?” He gruffly inquires.
“Stiles did it…” She mutters under her breath.
“HEY!” Stiles starts to defend.
Derek snaps a look Stiles’ direction and Scott laughs. Bella starts moving the rest of the glass out from the window.
“Let me worry about that.” Derek calls out.
“I got it…” She insists and steps out of the window, picking up the broken pieces outside.
Bella tilted her head upon a particular piece of glass. She picked it up and twirled it about in her hand. Scott had stepped out as he’d found something to board up the window with. He reared back as Bella was squeezing the hell out of the glass with her hand. She was just staring at the blood as it made a puddle on the ground.
Scott hurriedly grabbed her, snapping her back to reality. She blinked a few times.
“You alright in there?”
She nodded and went to finish picking up. Scott stopped her and shook his head. He looked to the gash in her hand. Bella yanked her hand back.
“You’re punishing yourself, aren’t you?”
She rolled her eyes.
“What would you know?”
Scott half laughs.
“You’re kidding me right?”
She takes in a breath. Scott grabbed her by the arm forcing her to look at him.
“You’re not alone! You hear me! That’s the one thing you need to realize.”
Bella’s bottom lip quivers.
“I know I’m not. That’s just it. I moved here in hopes of keeping my dad safe! But he’s in more danger than ever now. So are Lydia, Stiles, and Derek… And now you… None of this would even be taking place…”
“You’re right! Everything that’s happening seems to evolve around you. All of this is because of your past and present. Everyone’s lives around you are affected. People are getting hurt and may die and it’s all your fault!”
Bella looked at Scott as if he’d slapped her.
“What the fuck did he just say to her!” Derek bellowed back inside the house.
Stiles took in a breath.
“Just wait for it…” He hinted.
Derek’s lip curled.
“He’s wrong! How dare he come back to this town and…”
“You just need to trust him…” Stiles firmly states.
Derek narrowed his eyes and sorely rolled over on the couch.
“Yep you should end it all right now. Take yourself out of the equation and save everyone. He bends down and retrieves the glass she’d cut her hand with. He hands it back.
“If you cut…” He runs a finger along a certain vein on her neck.
“Right along this, just deep enough. You’ll bleed out so quickly you won’t be able to heal.”
She swallowed back and looked to the glass. Scott kept his composure. He patted her on the shoulder.
“I’ll leave you to it then.”
He nodded and headed back inside.
“WHAT THE FUCK?!” Stiles quickly covered Derek’s mouth.
Scott nodded towards the guys, once he entered the house. He swallowed back just waiting for it. Sure enough within the matter of seconds, Bella had Scott pinned back against the wall. Her canine’s were elongated and her eyes had that golden hue to them. She growled in his face as she had him by the collar of his shirt. Tears were streaming down her face as she socked him in the gut.
“THE HELL WITH YOU MCCALL!”
Derek and Stiles looked on in a stupor. She lunged Scott across the living room slamming him through the coffee table. Scott groaned out behind a chuckle as he moved the debris off him. He came to his feet and dusted himself off. He cut her a wink and pointed directly upon her.
“I believe I just proved a point.”
“AND WHAT’S THAT YOU FUCKING PRICK?!”
“That Stiles is right! You think I haven’t been in your fucking shoes! I’ve stood right where you are! I too thought about how easy things would be for everyone else if I didn’t even exist.”
Stiles sighs in memory. He swallows back.
“He’s right… I was there when he nearly ended it all.”
Bella takes in a breath. Derek curiously listened.
“But I would have lost a best friend. Allison would’ve lost a lover. Mrs. McCall would’ve lost a son. And there were various others that would’ve been affected by Scott McCall’s death. That’s the selfish way out. If he had taken that route. I would’ve never forgiven him. No joke.”
Scott grimaced on this and Stiles sighed.
“Just saying it like it is bro.”
“So are you ready to say goodbye to your dad? Your friends? And Derek? And how would your absence affect their lives?”
Bella closed her eyes, looking defeated.
“But they could die because of me….”
“That’s what I used to think… It was through Stiles that I learned, otherwise. You see we had it backwards Bella. Charlie, Stiles, Lydia, and Derek… They would die FOR YOU. They would also die WITHOUT YOU! They’re in your corner. You’re not alone. This isn’t YOUR fight.”
Scott swallows back and makes his way over. He puts a hand along her shoulder and looks her in the eyes.
“It’s ours… It never was your fight. Each of us is willing to fight in your corner. And believe me… I’ve been waiting to give Peter Hale the ass kicking of a lifetime… We all have. Derek more so than any of us… Not only is he the uncle no one wishes to claim. But he’s trying to take what’s his. I’d feel the same way about Allison. The mere idea of someone taking her away from me, is enough to give even Scott McCall murderous intentions. This battle isn’t yours nor is it Derek’s. Think about it. Look at all the lives Peter Hale has affected. This is something that was bound to happen.” Scott sighs cutting Derek and Stiles a guilty expression.
“Something you can’t run from….” Scott utters, realizing his own mistake now.
Bella takes in the deepest of breaths.
“I’m starting to see what Stiles means. It’s uncanny. We focus so much on our loved ones and this need to protect them at all cost. That we forget our lives matter just as much. We deserve to be happy and to be around those whose company we enjoy. It’s a little late for me. .. My mother and I have already built a life elsewhere. She’s got a decent job and we’ve made some friends. But for you… it’s not. From what I’ve heard you didn’t have much of a life back in Forks. Not one that I’d imagine you’d wish to go back to. However I had a lot going for me here in Beacon Hills. And I let my fears get the best of me. I turned my back to it all. I took the coward’s way out and pleaded with my mother to move.”
He half laughs.
“Don’t do like me. The way I see it… You’re taking my place now …” He wrinkles his nose Derek’s way.
“Well to some degree. You managed to steal my best friend.”
Stiles shakes his head but had a smirk on his face.
“Well she is like way hotter than you.”
But Stiles grows serious for a moment.
“No one could replace you Scott. So yeah Bella and I connected… But it’s rather hard to enjoy things like video games, women, and La Crosse with a chick. No matter how cool she is.”
“I like some video games.”
“Are you kidding me! This girl cusses like a damn sailor when she loses a game.”
“I do not!”
“Um yeah, you do! You’re a very sore loser!”
“Oh and you’re not! Mr. Rips The Cord Out Of The Wall To Keep The Other From Winning?!”
Scott dies in laughter.
“He still does that?!”
“Oh yeah… that and that bad habit of changing the channel when you’re in the middle of watching something. He just goes right on to something else!”
Scott laughs again.
“You really haven’t changed!”
“What? I get bored easy. I have a low attention span. You know this! My dad had me tested!”
The three of the freeze as Derek came to his feet.
“Derek…” Bella called out with worry.
He put up a hand and shook his head. He managed to make his way over. He took off his shirt and wrapped it around her hand. He pressed his forehead against hers.
“You die… I die right along with you. Before you, I had no real purpose. I was a mess. I didn’t want this… but now that I have it. I’m not about to let go. Not even the devil himself could pry you away from me.”
Scott looked to Derek admirably.
“I gotta go. But I’ll be right back. I’ll bring back some burgers.”
Stiles looked to him in wonder.
“You coming along or staying?” Scott questions as he heads on out.
Stiles glanced back, seeing Derek kissing Bella.
“Hold on!” He called out rushing out the door.
“Bella, Derek this is Isaac Lahey, a good friend of mine and pack member.”
Derek and Bella nod and take his hand in greeting.
“He knows all about the situation and is here to help.”
Derek looks to Scott curiously.
“You’re doing?” He hints.
“Long story, but yes…”
“I rather owe him one. So yeah… I’ll fight in your corner.” He says with a shrug.
“Just what we need another wolf…” Stiles smarts.
The following day…
“About damn time!” Charlie says as he shot to his feet.
Bella sucked back a breath and nodded as she put her things away. As soon as she finished, Charlie sat her down.
“What the hell is going on kid?”
She tells him about the Cullen’s and what they did to Derek. Charlie had a grim expression on his face as she told him everything.
“But Derek’s alright?”
She nodded but looked surprised by his concern. Charlie nodded in return. He leaned back in his recliner and downed his beer.
He shakes his head.
“I feel useless, you know.”
She looks to him puzzled.
“Yeah Bells. Completely! Dammit kid! You have all this craziness in your life. And all I can do is sit back and hear about it. I can’t even protect you the way I want. I just keep waiting for the day you don’t walk through that door.”
He comes to his feet and goes and grabs another beer. He pops it open at the fridge. He takes it to the label.
“What happens when you don’t come home?!”
Bella swallows back a lump as her father’s eyes bared into her own.
“I can’t lose you kid! It’s bad enough knowing my 17 year old daughter who hasn’t even graduated high school is technically married. Hell, I didn’t even get to give you away or go about this like a normal father would. I mean nothing about this is normal.”
She lowers her head. Charlie finishes his beer and walks on over. He cups her chin.
“Don’t you even think for a second that I blame you Bells. Or that I’m angry with you… That couldn’t be further from the truth. My only concern is losing you.”
Charlie embraced her in a hug and kissed the top of her head.
“I love you, kiddo.”
“I love you too, dad.”
“And despite what you think. I really am sorry about your mate. I’m glad he’s doing alright though now. And even if I hated every minute of waiting, you did the right thing, staying by his side and all.”
Bella looked upon him oddly. Charlie sighs as if knowing she knew something was up.
“Now it’s my turn. Sit down, Bells.”
Scott and Bella half laugh and shake their heads.
“You could say that again.”
She smiled and leaned back in the booth.
“So…” They chorused trying to take it all in.
Their eyes met realizing they’d said the same thing at once. They both sighed.
“Looks like I’m coming back after all.”
Bella nodded at Scott’s words.
“Once July hits we’ll be related. Living under the same roof…” Bella utters in thought.
Scott rears back in realization.
“You’re going to marry Derek one day!”
“What’s that have to do with anything.”
He pinches the bridge of his nose.
“I don’t wish to be related to the Hales!”
“You sure are whiny, for an alpha McCall!”
Bella looked to the sky as it began to overcast. The wind picked up, blowing off the roses Lydia’s mother had placed on her daughter’s coffin. Bella hurriedly retrieved them and handed them back over. Today was a rather tricky day. They had the “viewing” before the funeral. This took the wits of Dr. Deaton, Stiles, Bella, Scott, Derek, and Isaac to quickly remove Lydia from the coffin before they loaded it into the hearse. Bella felt horrible in the fact that they had to fool her mother as well in order to make it believable. Her actual body was back at the office with Dr. Deaton. He managed to work miracles with this and was the main mastermind behind it all. Something they were all thankful for.
Nearly everyone that attended BHHS was there. Charlie was there as well as Melissa and damn near all the residents of Beacon Hills. Bella looked up once again, hearing thunder rumbling throughout the sky. A few drops landed on her arm. The forecast had called for sunny skies. No one came prepared for the downpour that came shortly after the preacher did Lydia’s ceremony. Derek hurriedly took off his jacket draping it over Bella, doing his best to shield her from the rain. The wind picked up once more and lightning struck a nearby tree. A few people screamed as the tree forked in half and landed a couple feet away. The tree was set ablaze and a cloud of smoke filed the area as the rain put the fire out. A few of the women were slipping in the mud, due to their heels. Derek protectively gathered Bella and had her further away from the chaos. He took off to keep Lydia’s mother from taking a tumble as well. Bella couldn’t believe her eyes as she watched this funeral go to hell quickly.
Bella’s eyes closed and chills ran down her spine. His hot breath hit against the crevice of her neck. A hand clamped around her mouth and she was being dragged away. Derek snapped back as he was helping Lydia’s mother. He took notice of Bella missing. That and sensed that she was in danger. He swiftly handed Ms. Martin off to Stiles.
Derek took off. Scott and Isaac nodded to one another and they too followed.
Bella groaned out as she was shoved back against a tree. His blue eyes locked onto hers. He leaned into her and breathed her in. His lip curled as he picked up the scent of his nephew’s mark. Peter pressed himself against her.
“MINE!” He growled.
At this he back handed her. A hit hard enough to knock her down. He crouched down and got a fistful of her hair.
“You belong to ME!”
He dug his knee into her sternum as he stared her down.
“WHO’S NEXT?! I WILL END THEM ALL! EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM! WHAT MUST I DO TO PROVE MYSELF TO YOU?! I PUT YEARS INTO PERFECTING WHAT IS MINE!”
He back hands her again and Bella struggles beneath him. She uses her hands to crawl back. She quickly rolls over and starts to scurry away.
“I CALL THE SHOTS! I RUN THE SHOW!”
He kicks her in the ribs and sends her flying back against a tree. Bella phases as she comes back down. She snarls back and growls. Peter smiles.
He hunkers down and whistles patting his leg.
She shakes her head.
“You will succumb to me!”
Bella leaps out, slamming him down into the earth.
He quickly reverses it and forces her snot into the mud.
“I’M YOUR ALPHA! YOUR MATE! I HAVE COMPLETE DOMINANCE OVER YOU! IF YOU DO NOT GIVE INTO ME, I WILL TAKE THE LIFE OF ANOTHER AND ANOTHER… I WON’T STOP. I’LL START WITH DADDY, THEN IDIOT FRIEND OF YOURS, AS FOR MY NEPHEW, HE WAS DEAD THE MOMENT HE CLAIMED WHAT BELONGED TO MEEEEEEE! I WILL RECLAIM MY STATUS! AND I WILL HAVE YOU!”
Bella howls out in pain as her body began to alter, but into something else. Peter laughed and clapped his hands together.
“YES! Go on now…”
Bella’s fur became an even darker shade of red with a crème under coat. Her claws were white. The gold in her eyes shimmered even brighter. Her body had taken on a more werewolf appearance only she’d a longer mane and was covered in fur.
“I was right about you all along! FUCK! That power! Face it sweetheart, you and I were meant to be!”
She rushed over and pinned him back. Peter laughed and took on his alteration.
“By all means a little foreplay is always fun…”
She pierces her claws through his chest.
“Hmmmm…” He growls.
He stops however sensing the others. He rolls his eyes.
“There’s to be a blood moon… you have until then… or daddy dies…”