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Welcome to Bellingstone

Bellingstone, Pennsylvania

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Scarlet Loup holds sovereignty over Bellingstone, Pennsylvania, giving them the ability to make limited changes.

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Sebastian Harding [99] "Don't get too close, it's dark inside. It's where my demons hide."
Annelise Laustsen [95] "I can stand up for myself just fine!"
Sara YasmineJay [86] "Don't act like you care when it's clear that you don't"
Derek Hale [81] "Shut up or I'm gonna rip your throat out with my teeth."
Axel Jaeger Wolff [71] "A wolf's pack is his family."
Caroline King [64] "I often find words can be as sharp as claws or as painful as a bullet."
ALARICK MORGENSTERN [61] "They say we are slaves to our own devices- well good thing mine are being exceedingly handsome and rich."
Samuel Xavier Pierce [57] "Peace, not war, is what will make Bellingstone survive and prosper."
Leighton Harding [45] Every story has an ending...but in life, every ending is just a new begining...
Isabella Gabrielle Clarke [40] "I won't repeat the same mistakes twice."

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Axel sipped thoughtfully at the glass of water clutched in his hand, still watching Cat closely. It wasn't that he didn't trust her or something like that, he was simply still in awe that someone this attractive had come to work in his cafe. Granted, Leanna was still one of the most gorgeous women he had ever met. It hit him then and he realized in a moment of dread that she was right out there and could hear everything he said to this woman, a woman he'd met only hours ago as opposed to Leanna with whom he'd been cultivating a relationship for ages. Fuck...God damn it, he couldn't help but think, jaw clenching briefly until Leanna continued to speak.

"I really do truly hope it's the next chapter, I am so tired of waiting to turn the page." He nodded along with that, agreeing silently. "I hear you," he added to further express his agreement. Her way of thinking oddly reminded him of his brother who had, like her, left his home to start a new chapter. The damn coward...Axel wondered how his "new chapter" was going, where ever he'd chosen to start it. He nodded again when she denied the water, perhaps a bit surprised by it seeing as he could literally smell the rising unease on her. Was everything alright...?

ImageStill nursing the drink of water, Axel waited for some sort of response out of Caterina to address his question. It seemed he'd get one when she opened her mouth tentatively. Without a warning, her mouth shut and she turned to face the door.

"Cat...?" Axel asked curiously, slowly setting his glass down on the counter as her eyes darted around the room like she was suddenly fearful of something. Her breath quickened to the point where he became even more worried and even thought she'd faint right there. A line formed on his forehead, creasing in concern and worry for the Italian beauty. "Cat, wh-?" He began to ask her what was wrong, but he could barely finish his second word before the light bulbs throughout the diner shattered. Instinctively, Axel shielded his head from the flying glass and then waved a hand before his face to clear and sort of debris floating in the air before him. Out in the front room, he heard voices crying out in shock and fear. From the light that filtered through a single window, Axel blinked at Caterina with wide eyes. Obviously, whatever had happened must have correlated with whatever happened beforehand. He opened his mouth to speak at first, but closed it quickly and hurried toward the front room.

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It was much easier to see there, though still almost pitch black due to the basically set sun. However, heightened senses came in handy. Maneuvering over piles of glass, he started toward where Leanna had been sitting. Now, however, he saw Sam and Caro. He smiled quickly at the two. "Everything alright?" the Alpha asked, instincts kicking in. Surprisingly, he'd managed to stay calm, but that was probably because he knew getting too worked up would cause him to lose control and go into wolf form. Most wolves had a grip on their powers, but Axel was always a hot-headed man and he tended to lose a grip on reality and shift.

There was one person in the group, however, that he didn't recognize at first. They sat to Leanna's side and had such a familiar, wolf-like smell that he thought it was a rogue who had just moved in. Then, the face came into focus and Axel's hazel eyes widened. "You..." he said softly at first, unable to really put his thoughts into place. "You. You bastard!" Albrecht looked back with a grin as Axel almost lunged over the counter at him, grabbing the front of the older man's shirt. "You think you can leave and just come back here?! What the hell are you doing?!" By then, he was just about leaning on the counter with Albrecht's face held inches from his as the two men exchanged glares. Though the humans in the room wouldn't be able to really see the scene, they still heard the sound of Axel yelling. Their reaction was mixed; some patrons watched eagerly while others left in worry. They knew what the men in that group looked like-- tall and muscular-- they certainly did not want to risk being caught near their fight.

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Annelise certainly wasn't the only one who was absolutely dumbfounded by the kiss. Seb almost found it hard to keep his lips against hers. As he kissed her, he realized it was something he'd never really done before. Well, he might have done so in middle school but that felt like a lifetime ago and certainly wasn't a sensation he remembered from before. To be this close with another human being that wasn't family seemed foreign to him. He'd kissed cuts and scrapes on Leighton before or hugged her when he picked her up from school, but he had never, ever kissed someone on the lips like this before.

He felt numb and weak and frightened all at once. His body even shook slightly from the situation. He was usually the one to have a grip on situations, to know what to say and do without a worry. But, this was a time when he was forced to draw a blank. Seb had no knowledge in this field of romance. It was completely foreign to him. Eventually, after a few seconds that seemed like years, he pulled away and looked down at her with his mouth gaping slightly and his eyes wide. He still shook lightly in a bewildered manner as he watched her for a reaction. Her hands were still on his shoulders and his hands sort of hung at his sides as he had no idea what to do with them.

"S-S-Seb," the girl whispered. Any other time, he might have told her to speak up, but now it seemed weird to speak loudly. Besides, they were also so close it would be redundant to speak above a hushed murmur. "Y-yes?" he asked, not knowing if she'd get upset for making things even more awkward which he was sure he had. "Please...I-I don't want this if it's only out of pity..." Seb bit his bottom lip lightly, looking a bit concerned as he shook his head. No, it certainly wasn't out of pity. But why had he done it?

"No...it's not out of pity," he replied, firm enough to be convincing. "I...I'm not sure why I did it..." He looked aside and chewed the inside of his cheek slowly. "I just...did."

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Annelise listened silently, keeping her head down to hide how red her face was. "I...I'm not sure why I did it... I just...did." It was certainly convincing, but really she was hoping for something more romantic, as stupid and hopeless as it was. She nodded, her tears finally coming to a halt as she backed away from Sebastian to hopefully make him feel less uncomfortable. The feeling emanated from him in a painfully strong manner, and of course she blamed herself. She didn't want to leave, but she saw no other option. "C-Can we go back inside..?" She whimpered sadly, "I-I don't wanna go, and it's getting really l-late.." Maybe, she pondered, if she stayed the night the two would be able to talk through it more.

"The last thing I need tonight is to be alone tonight..." Annelise whispered, talking to herself more than anything. She chewed her lip nervously. She had finally gotten one of the things she wanted most and it felt like a dagger through her heart because it meant nothing as far as she knew. She ran a hand through her thick brown locks, bringing her hands back down to her eyes as she wiped away what was left of her tears. "Can I stay here tonight..?" She inquired, looking up at him joylessly as she backed away even more.

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The drive to Aunt Nettie’s cabin wasn’t a particular long one but it gave Caroline some time alone with her thoughts. Usually the woman hated being in such solitary situations, memories of a time long ago seemed to shroud her mind, her inner Mr Hyde still haunting and tormenting her with words that were meant to break her, ‘He doesn’t love you…if he did he would tell everyone. No, Sam could never love a broken runaway like you.’ Of course she knew it was a load of crap, at least she though she did, Sam did love her right? And keeping their relationship from the rest of pack was the best solution, wasn’t it? Truth was she wasn’t so sure, about the latter one anyway. At the moment they were stuck in a rut, she could feel it even if their actions spoke otherwise, Caro loved Sam with all her heart, she nothing more than to marry the man, settle down and raise three children but at the moment it was like he was scared to move forward. He blamed it on Axel; truth was Caro suspected that Emily was more the reason for his apprehension. Before Caro, Sam had loved another and she had sadly died and a part of her thought Sam feared the same thing happening to her and no matter how many times she promised nothing would happen to her, at the end of the day she really had no control over such things, this they both knew.

Pulling up in Nettie’s drive way Caro cut the engine to her jeep, silence engulfing the cabin of the car, rested her head back against the head rest she let out a heavy sigh, she couldn’t help but fear they would always be in the same situation and to be honest Caro wasn’t sure how much longer she could carry on this façade, she wanted to be his, solely his and she wanted the world to know it. Running a frustrated hand through her hair, Caro finally unfastened her seatbelt and exited her car. Walking up to Nettie’s door she knocked twice to signal her arrival before entering, “Aunt Nettie” Caro called out, her voice loud enough so it echoed through the home.

“In the kitchen dear,” Nettie’s voice followed hers almost immediately and just as quickly, Caroline’s senses were hit with the intoxicating aroma of her Aunt’s baking. Licking her lips slightly at the anticipation of what was in store, she quickly walked towards the back of house and into the homely kitchen, where she spotted Nettie hunched over a mixing bowl. Walking over Caro placed a quick kiss upon the older woman’s cheek before sticking her finger into the mixture, “What have I told you about doing that young lady!? Nettie scolded lightly, swatting her hand atop of Caro’s.

Caroline merely laughed as she moved and sat down at the kitchen table, reaching for one of the cupcakes which stood on the stand, they looked far too delicious to pass up. “So to what do I owe this pleasure, my love?” The older woman asked as she turned back towards Carol, wiping her hands on her apron, “asides from you eating all my food?” she teased.

“You know perfectly well that I’d starve without your food hampers” Caroline uttered upon a chuckle, she would as well, she often worked crazy hours that she had very little time to shop for groceries let alone cook and Nettie, being the woman that she was often sent her food and baked good, some weeks it was all she lived on. “That’s because you work too hard. If you’d only hire a manager or something you’d be able to have much more free time. Time which you could be spending with Sam.” Caro couldn’t help but grimace at her words, an action that did not go unnoticed by Nettie.

Concern flushed across the older woman’s countenance as Nettie regarded her daughter, “my love, whatever is the matter? Has something happened between you and Sam?” she asked taking the seat next to Caro and taking her hand in hers, her thumb gently running over Caro’s knuckles in a soothing manner. Not exactly…” Caroline began with a heavy sigh, “But that’s just the problem, nothing is happening! I love him so much Aunt Nettie and I respect his wishes to keep things quiet, I can understand why he does it but every time I ask him about it, it’s just ‘a little while longer’ and I fear that I’m going to waste my life desperately chasing something that can never be!” By this point tears had started to escape from Caroline’s blue hues, her emotions didn’t always get the better of her but when they did tears weren’t always that far away.

“Oh my darling, come here” Nettie cooed as if she were a young child and pulled her into a loving embrace, pulling back the older woman wiped the tears from Caro’s cheeks and smiled softly, “I don’t pretend to know a lot about men, my love, there has only been one man in my life and that was such a long time ago I can barely remember all the do’s and don’ts. But one thing I know for certain is that Sam loves you a great deal, I can see it in his eyes every time he looks at you and I bet he is suffering just as much as you are.” The certainty in her voice caused Caro to feel quite a bit better; Nettie’s words were reassuring but did not completely stamp out her doubts or fears, however she decided not to dwell on the situation any longer, there was no use worrying over something that she had no control over.

Squeezing her Aunt’s hand, Caroline offered her a small smile, “thank you” she whispered almost inaudibly. “You don’t need to thank me, you are my child and it is my job to ease your worries.” Caroline felt a rush of warmth sweep through her body at Nettie’s words; she always did love being regarded to as Nettie’s child, even if it was not by blood but through love.

“You’re are staying with me tonight, there’s been a rather nasty murder in the woods and I don’t want you staying here alone tonight, okay?” Caro uttered, leaving no room for arguments, which Nettie seemed to sense as she simply nodded and rose from her seat, “I shall go and pack my bags, be a help and put the pie I baked in a container, oh and pack those steaks I have in the fridge, we can have them for dinner.”

Not long later both women were in car and driving back towards town, after quickly dropping Nettie’s things off at Caro’s the pair headed towards the diner, just as she had promised Sam. By the time they reached the establishment, the usual bright smile was back on Caro’s lips as was her happy demeanour, the bell rang over head as they entered and by the looks of things almost the entire pack was, but there was also a other scent, one which Caro was certain she had smelt before but for the life of her she could not place it.

That was until he turned around. Caro’s blue eyes widened as did her smile as her gaze fell upon no other than Axel’s older brother Albrecht, “your back!” she cried in a happy delirium, throwing her arms around his neck and pulling him into a welcoming embrace, “god I missed you!” she mumbled into his shoulder before pulling away and looked around the group who all bore very different expressions, she noticed Leanna and offered a quick concerned glance as if you say 'are you alright?' Only god would know how Axel would deal with this.

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Sebastian finally looked over at Annelise to see her head down. Still chewing his cheek, he easily noticed her backing away slightly. Should he tell her to come back toward him? Briefly, he opened his mouth and then stopped. No, he'd probably just make it far more awkward, right? The tall Hunter shoved his hands into his pockets and sighed, looking to the side again so he could avoid having to look at the girl. Her reaction was certainly not what he'd been expecting. Seb had thought, maybe, that she would have been happy or at least happier than she was now.

"C-Can we go back inside...?" Annelise whimpered and Seb quickly looked back at her, almost shocked she'd finally spoken of something besides their awkward kiss. "I-I don't want to go, and it's getting really l-late." The man nodded slowly, rubbing the back of his neck slowly as he nodded.

"Yeah, we should probably go in before the fangers or the dogs head out," he murmured. He turned and started to the cabin again. His hand gripped the doorknob and he started to turn it at first, though he stopped when he heard Annelise speak again behind him. "Can I stay here tonight...?" Sebastian looked over his shoulder at her and nodded slowly.

"Yeah, you can stay here." His voice was soft, a bit too soft for him, and he sighed. "Do you need to get clothing from your place first...?" Regardless of how she would reply, Seb entered the house and walked through the back door to grab his half-empty beer can, which he brought inside along with Annelise's soda. Setting her drink down on the coffee table, he sat back on the couch and quickly ruffled Leighton's hair.

Turning his attention to Alarick, he smiled weakly. "Sorry about that," he said. "Have I missed anything?"

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Annelise sighed softly with relief at his answer, "Thank you.." She whispered, smiling sadly. "Do you need to get clothing from your place first...?" She started to shake her head, she was planning on saying she would just sleep in these clothes, but Seb was walking inside before she could get to words out. Her words caught in her throat. Was he angry with her reaction? If he was angry did that mean he had liked it, and was upset she didn't? She had so many questions. She whimpered, watching him go out back and grab their drinks. She wanted to just curl up and sob, but she couldn't now that Leighton and Alarick had already seen her. She certainly didn't need people asking her if she was ok.

The girl shook her head sadly, mentally telling herself to suck it up. She walked inside slowly with her head down. Her face would be a dead giveaway to what happened outside, her eyes were bloodshot and her nose was red. Even if Annelise's appearance didn't give it away her emotions would. She couldn't muster any expression other than lifeless at this point. She wanted to be alone, but she wanted to be alone with Sebastian so they could talk more. Not even glancing at the three in the living room she walked out back and sat down at the table, folding her arms to make a pillow to lay her head on.

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Albrecht was absolutely ecstatic. In only a few minutes, just about everything was rushing back to him. He was able to, if even for just a few minutes, pretend he simply hadn't left and he was just being greeted by friends. Or, perhaps, that everything was going to be perfectly fine and would go according to the mental plan he'd made up before coming here. As far as he knew, his father was alive. As far as he knew, he was the next in line to become Alpha male. He was absolutely oblivious and he didn't even seem to care.
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For example, he didn't even seem to notice how upset Leanna looked. She obviously wasn't as overjoyed as he was by this extemporaneous meeting. His innocent question, which he assumed she'd be able to answer quickly, seemed to surprise her. Lea gave him a look that almost unnerved him, as if she was trying to read his emotions or thoughts. Her anger dissipated and was quickly overcome with...pity? Albrecht's brow furrowed.

"Leanna...?" he asked, cocking his head slightly. "Lea, what's wrong?" Oh God, had he said something that upset her? Had he done something (besides leave the state) that got her angry? But, then, why was she pitying him with that gaze of hers.

"Albrecht...your father, he's-" Leanna cut herself off when Sam entered and, distracted by the other male, Al forgot completely about what Leanna had begun to say. Next, Caroline entered along with the old woman who Albrecht really couldn't think of a name for. He knew the face and he knew she was related to Caro, but he had completely forgotten her name in his time away.

Having greeted Caro, she cried out in joy and threw her arms around his neck. "You're back! God, I missed you!" Albrecht wrapped his thick arms quickly around the blonde, his broad smile still plastered on to his visage. Perhaps it would stick there forever, seeing as it hadn't fallen since he entered the diner. As she pulled away, he reluctantly let go of her and sat back down at the bar. "God, I missed you guys..." he mumbled, laughing lightly in a breathy manner. "I've missed you all..." In his mind, nothing could ruin this moment.

The blow out of the bulbs around the diner frightened just about all of the patrons. Albrecht leapt slightly in surprise, jumping off of his seat for a moment only to land back on it. Instinctively, he held his arms out to shield Leanna from the flying shards of glass. He may have left her for years but he still did care for her like he had before. Even Leanna would be unable to completely deny that fact. Slowly, he moved away a bit and settled back in his seat, ruffling his ebony locks with one hand to clear the glass from it. The kitchen door suddenly opened and Albrecht looked up as he heard an oddly familiar voice. "Everything alright?" The smile returned, yet again as the man's eyes settled upon his younger brother.

"Axel..." he murmured, expecting the younger man to come running over to greet him. The diner was quickly clearing, but he didn't seem to notice. Instead, the werewolf studied his brother. The clothing style of the shorter werewolf was still just about the same. All of the Wolff boys had worn flannel and jeans for ages. It was warm and it was convenient. But, his younger brother had, it seemed, aged a bit. His forehead had creased with worry upon entering, but he also just seemed older overall as compared to when he was in his twenties. It seemed like, to Albrecht, that the weight of the world had been dropped on to the shoulders of his only sibling. Why was that, he wondered.

"You..." Axel said softly, eyes wide as he looked at Albrecht. The latter smiled.

"Me," he confirmed, nodding.

"You. You bastard!" Al's eyes widened and his grin fell.
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"What...?!" In an instant, Axel just about flung himself across the counter and latched on to his brother's shirt collar, holding it tightly in surprisingly strong hands. He must have really gotten more into shape after I left, Albrecht mused, pulling his head slightly away from Axel as the man only pulled Al's face closer.

"You think you can leave and just come back here?! What the hell are you doing?!" Albrecht roughly pulled back and, unable to completely stop himself, fell from the bar stool. In an instant, though, he was back on his feet and glaring at Axel.

"What the hell, Axel?!" he snapped. "I leave for years and that's how you greet me?" Axel's jaw dropped and then he snickered harshly before quickly coming around the counter to stand before Albrecht. The two men were only an inch apart with Albrecht at six feet, one inch and Axel at six feet on the dot. The shorter man sized himself up against Albrecht would stared back with anger evident in his expression.

"You left the pack. You left mom and dad." He snarled. The patrons who had filled the diner now began to leave completely, quite unnerved by how animalistic the two men looked. "You were supposed to be Alpha, not me! I hope you're fucking happy now..." Axel threw a punch at Albrecht, but the taller male easily dodged it and then kicked Axel in the shin, summoning a sharp cry from the Alpha male.

"What the hell do you mean?" he growled. "Dad's the Alpha, I'll be the Alpha after him." A glare of hatred met him from Axel as the Alpha tentatively stood upon his throbbing leg.

"Dad died, you idiot...he's been dead for years and you haven't known?!" Al's countenance cleared and he stepped back slowly, processing the information. He was dead? No...no, that couldn't be right. That would mean Axel would be Alpha and Axel couldn't be the Alpha. He just wasn't capable of it! Albrecht had been training to be Alpha for ages and now it was Axel? No. He wouldn't allow it.

"T-then...then I'm Alpha, AJ. I'm back now and I should be Alpha." Axel had leaned up against a table by then, ignoring the pain in his leg. It was definitely going to bruise for a while but, given his wolf powers, would probably heal overnight. AJ shook his head and then snickered again at Al, which just made the older man angrier.

"You had your chance. I'm not letting an outsider run my pack. No, you left to explore the world and you left us here to rot. I'm not just going to let you run my pack." Al's face contorted in an expression one would easily find on a wolf's face. For a moment, Axel feared the man would shift right then and there in his diner. Instead, though, Albrecht clenched his fists.

"Screw you..." he muttered.

"Get out of my diner, you bastard. I don't want to see your ugly mug around this place again or anywhere for this matter. And if you try to take this pack from me, I will personally claw your eyes out." He stood up quickly, the adrenaline coursing through him and allowing him to rush at the older werewolf who simply glared at Axel, looked over at the rest of his pack members sadly, and then pushed roughly against the door to open it.

Axel sighed and then settled back against the table, breathing slowly to try and calm himself. "I...I'm going home," he murmured, his voice monotonous as he started to stand. "Lock it up when you all leave, Sam." A light yelp came from his mouth, sounding very much like a hurt dog, as he limped into the kitchen to get to the back door. "Cat, I'm leaving. You better head out soon. No use working without lights." He didn't even wait for a response from the woman before he exited the diner and slammed the door shut. In moments, the sound of his motorcycle revving up was heard and Axel raced down the street on his bike.

Despite the pain in his leg, he wasn't going straight home. Instead, he'd probably ride around aimlessly for half an hour to try and piece together what had just happened. Then, perhaps, he wold return to the old cabin.

Albrecht, on the other hand, returned to his home by himself. The man who had helped drive his belongings over had, in fact, left the boxes inside and the furniture (or whatever furniture he had already) outside. For a while, he unpacked things and tried to make his new home as homely as possible. Earlier, he'd thought Axel might let him move back into the Wolff cabin but, now, he knew such a thing was extremely unlikely. By the time he'd set up a bed on his old couch, Al's eyelids were fluttering and, so, he laid down and fell asleep swiftly, still plagued with thoughts of that day.

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ImageA blazing white grin, that would make even the most doleful person smile, flashed across his face, splitting across his countenance like a nail pounded into glass. "No...maybe it's not kind, but it sure is fun." He teased, failing horribly at trying to conceal his amusement.

Sara's silky hand migrated to rest atop his and Derek's heart nearly leapt from his chest, figuratively speaking of course, but it felt almost literal in that moment. He kept his eyes locked on the menu, words blurring before his steel blue eyes. The waitress, in record time, made her way back to their table to collect their orders, erroneously assuming Sara was going to eat a measly salad. He had to restrain a chuckle, wolves made terrible vegetarians. "I'll have the same as my lady, thanks." He replied coolly, giving Sara's hand a gentle squeeze, and tossing her a quick wink. The woman waiting on them gave him a distasteful look and Sara a contemptuous one, obviously not pleased with his disinterest. Honestly, humans could be worse than animals in heat at times. "Oh, and could you bring the table a bread basket? Thanks." He asked and responded curtly.

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ImageCat couldn't fit any words around the freezing block that had dropped down her throat. She couldn't make herself look Axel in the eye, an admission of her own guilt. Luckily for the distressed witch, his attentions seemed to lie elsewhere. Within seconds, he had leapt from his seat to rush to his girlfriend's side where she stood with their friends, and was making sure they were unharmed.

Her grandmother's words curled around the insides of her skull like the coils of a snake. Black Magic, Evil. A tide of self-hatred broke over Caterina, the same old song; she receded with it, letting herself tumble away into the deep. She envisioned black corruption roiling like waves inside of her heart, hearing the horrible hissing rasp of the devil beneath her airy voice, her beautiful smile wreathed in smoke and lies. She was at a loss, what was she to do? Cat's torrent of emotion had her standing on the edge of a great precipice, looking down into a pit that was a panic attack.

She trepidatiously rose from her seat and cracked the kitchen door, peaking out at the scene unfolding in the dimly lit diner, hoping to gage what everyone had suspected went down. Nearly all of the diner patrons had exited the establishment, but Axel and a mystery man were exchanging unpleasant words, hairs bristling on the back of their necks, air crackling with a prefight tension. Words like Pack and Alpha were being thrown around as if Axel's informal type of discourse contained statements like that on a regular basis.

ImageAfter a few shoves, and some not so idle threats, the boss stormed back toward where Cat was hiding. She practically flew back to her seat, wiping the mascara streaked tears from her tan cheeks and raking her long nails through her tangled black tresses. "Cat, I'm leaving. You better head out soon. No use working without lights." He growled, not sparing her a glance. She nodded weakly her voice hoarse when she croaked her reply, "Ci, Ci." What the hell was all of that about?

Moments later, Cat found herself racing down the streets of Bellingstone in her little fiat 500. Her fingers drummed nervously on the dark wood of the steering wheel, chewing on her lower lip as she attempted wrapping her mind around what had happened, her brow looking as if she had an actual weight pressing down on her forehead. At least Axel's argument had succeeded in distracting her from her little outburst, now she was determined to understand why her boss spoke as if he were some sort of animal, a lupo. Cat would have to consult the grimoire when she got home...

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"I'll have the same as my lady, thanks." Sara bit her lip and flushed, looking down and away, trying to conceal a small smile and giggle as the woman stomped off to get the bread Derek requested. She looked up at him, shaking her head and chuckling softly, reassured by the small squeeze he gave her hand, "You sure did crush her spirits." she teased, finally letting out a soft giggle.
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She, gently, almost reassuringly ribbed her thumb over the rough, over-worked backing of his, as her eyes traced over his veined and muscled hand and arms, slowly raking up his arm to his chest, and then to his face. She truly never had taken the time to truly appreciate his true attractiveness, and now it was hitting her full force. His sun-kissed tan and dark hair and stubble contrasted beautifully with his ice chip eyes, as well as his chiseled, pointed features brought of two horribly conflicting emotions from within her.

The timid part of her wanted to clam up, stammer out an excuse about how she had to go, and go hide in the bathroom until he left, but then a second, more dominant thought popped into her head. He called her His lady. She could see how he swallowed nervously when she put her hand on top of his. He was putty in her hand, and something about that-knowing that someone like him could be wrapped around her finger so easily- made her feel both empowered, and a bit intimidated by the mere power.

As the food was brought back, Sara gave a sly smirk to the waitress, "Thanks hon. We'll wave you down when we're ready for the check." she said before the woman could get a work in, and gave a wide, almost too cheery smile as the woman looked down at her irritably, before walking away in a slight huff.
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She then turned to Derek and grinned slightly, "Finally some peace from the broom rider." she said under her breath, laughing softly, before looking down at her steak, she began to cut it into bite-sized morsels, before slipping them into her mouth one at a time, letting out a small moan at the delicious taste. It had been months since she's had a proper steak.

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ImageDerek was grinning so much, his cheeks were beginning to grow sore. He had forgotten what it felt like to smile after all these years cloaked in the darkness that was mourning. It was like being lost in a tunnel, pitch black all around you, too dead set in the middle to see light at either end. But, what was remarkable was that after all this time stumbling through the dark he finally saw a light. Not the light of day, but the light of Sara. She, like him, had been lost in the same tunnel but instead of searching for a light, she created her own and now it shone bright for others to follow. It made him happy.

Despite that, nothing would be able to completely dispel the shadow of misfortune from around Derek. He could see it still, in the deep divots in his cheeks, the crease in his brow, the wild and darting look in his eyes when he absentmindedly took in his reflection in the window glass. As joyful as she made him, he was still scarred with his grief. But...maybe with time...that would change. He remained hopeful for the first time in a long time.

Image"Is it good?" He asked rhetorically, eyes that were as gray as underfeathers with a line between white and iris that was none to distinct brightening with amusement. He cut a piece as big as her fist from his steak and fit it into his mouth with ease. It was a reminder how much smaller she was than he. After a bit of chewing and a swallow he spoke again, his voice a bare whisper, as if he had forgotten how to speak. "So..." Even if his words and his teasing had been confident, his voice in the restaurant was hushed. Like anything they might share with one another should remain private, even the simplest things, and they continued on like that now. "You like working at a bar? I can't imagine being around intoxicated people everyday, it would get grating..." He fiddled with the edge of a card propped up against the window that advertised various cocktails and desserts. "That's why I like being a mechanic...no people to deal with unless they are dropping off or picking up their car. Just me and the machine." A sardonic smile ghosted over his lips. "Arguably two machines." His lips twitched and heaved and, as if by great effort, formed into different watery smile.

The waitress came back around to their table to top off their drinks and ask if they needed anything else. Derek quickly dismissed her, pulling at his shirt collar and eventually shrugging off his overcoat. It suddenly seemed so hot that Derek felt stifled, as though he couldn't breathe, and the press of all the people around him, the sea of tables that seemed to go on too, too long made him feel faint, as if the ceiling could just reach down and crush him. God, he hated being in public.

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Leanna watched Caro throw her arms round Al. "You're back! God, I missed you!" Albrecht pulled her into a hug, and Leanna didn't think she could be any more tense if she tried. She caught Caroline's glance of concern and just looked at her, wide-eyed. She simply didn't know what to do with herself. She had to get out of this diner, be by herself, find some space and clear her head. But she was almost afraid that if she took her eyes off Albrecht, he might disappear all over again.

"God, I missed you guys... I've missed you all..." He sounded so happy. And though she was in one mind that he didn't deserve any of this happiness and the moment someone took it from him he would finally get what was coming to him, some part of her wanted him to keep that smile and elated tone for as long as he possibly could, before his fragile world came crashing down around him.

Leanna was knocked from her thoughts suddenly as every single bulb in the diner blew out. The glass shattered and crashed onto the hard floor, sending shards flying everywhere. Immediately, she closed her eyes, turned her head away and pulled her hands up towards her face to protect herself, but she found them colliding with something else before they reached her. Her hands clasped against warm, muscled arms and suddenly she was surrounded by a familiar scent. It was Albrecht; she knew it without even opening her eyes. But she opened them anyway, as if it might change the outcome. But there he was, protecting her, after all these years. A connection that no time or distance could ever truly break. She watched him as he moved back from her slowly, trying so very hard not to let her eyes find his.

Suddenly, Axel appeared and Leanna watched as Albrecht set eyes on him, murmuring his name. The brotherly care and love was completely evident in elder, but utterly void in in the younger. There was a soft exchange between the two, before Axel launched himself at Albrecht. Leanna watched in horror as the youngest Wolff grabbed his brother, who struggled to get away and fell back. They shouted at each other, the argument growing more vicious. And then Axel said it.

"Dad died, you idiot...he's been dead for years and you haven't known?!"

Leanna wasn't the type to sit and let things happen, to simply standby and watch. But she found herself pinned to her chair, unable to say a word. She was usually so strong and resolved in her decisions, but this situation was possibly the worst she could ever imagine. She watched Al work through what he'd just heard, before telling his younger brother that he should be Alpha. Leanna noticeably winced at Albrecht's words. She knew instantly her former love had made a terrible choice. One that would be sure to rile AJ, and he lashed out in response, his words cruel and harsh. Leanna was torn between hatred, pity and loss, and the worst part was she didn't know for which brother.

"Get out of my diner, you bastard. I don't want to see your ugly mug around this place again or anywhere for this matter. And if you try to take this pack from me, I will personally claw your eyes out." Wordlessly, Al finally left, giving them one last, sad look. Axel then announced he was leaving, giving instructions to Sam and the woman he'd been talking to earlier, before exiting. She heard the low rumble of his bike engine as he pulled away.

Leanna sat in shock for at least a minute before she couldn't bear to spend another moment in the diner. It was then that she finally stood up, a shard of glass crunching under her foot, reminding her of the lights. Carefully, she made her way towards Sam.

"There's the number for an electrician on a notepad behind the cash register. Would you mind calling him?" Leanna asked, feeling guilty for asking something more of her friend, for whom the day had been as difficult as it had been for everyone else. She smiled at him sadly, sighing softly, before leaving. She began the walk home to find Axel, fully aware of how painful awkward the evening would end up being. But she had no choice. This was the life she had chosen when she'd picked pack over her own happiness. Her pride and desire to do right by pack had let her be coerced into this, and now she was trapped.

As Leanna walked down the street towards their house, she froze outside another house that had been empty for several years. Brown cardboard boxes and a few pieces of furniture were piled up outside. She watched Albrecht emerge from the property and lift a box up into his arms before carrying it back inside. Leanna's breaths came in small, shallow gasps and her heart thudded in her chest. Even though it wasn't a cold evening, she began to shiver as though it was the bitterest winter night. Then, suddenly, with no warning, she turned on her heel and marched away in the direction she had come, her footsteps fast and unrelenting.

Leanna reached her eldest brother's house and knocked sharply on the door. She heard the sound of someone approaching the door before it opened to reveal Felix.

"Lea?" Felix said, surprised.

"He's back, Felix," she said, stumbling over her words, her voice trembling. "He came back."

Seeing the look on her face, he wrapped his arms around his sister and pushed the door closed behind her. It was only then that the Alpha Female began to cry.

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Sara gave a small, gentle nod as he asked her how her food was. It sated the slight grumbling of her stomach complaining for food, that had been causing her to squirm in embarrassment for the beginning of dinner. She watched him eat, following suit as she finished off half of her steak relatively quickly. She looked up at Derek as he asked her about her work, giving a wry grin.

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"I suppose so, but the customers tend to keep to themselves, and if not, speak their troubles and move on. It's a quiet bar, and thus it's pretty low key. Not like the bars in town." she shuddered at the mere thought, before giving a small smile at his comment about being a machine. She gave a gently teasing shove of his arm across the table, "I don't like a machine thank you very much." she said, narrowing her eyes playfully.

She watched him and he pulled off his jacket, and pulled at his shirt slightly, she could see the uncomfortable vibes rushing off of him in waves, causing her to crease her eyebrows, "Did you want to head out? Take the rest to go?" she offered quietly, her voice hushed as she reached over to sportively place a hand on his arm, her thumb rubbing his skin gently.

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ImageDerek's gaze locked with hers, a small half smile creeping up his face. She read him like an open book, it was endearing and unnerving in the same breath. "I didn't want to rush our first date..." He mumbled, eyes falling back down to the table. "But I can't stand being around all of these people."

He pulled his arm out from under her grip and took her hand in his own. "I'll suffer through just a bit more if you want to stay though, I'd hate for you to be able say your boyfriend won't take you out anywhere." His grin took on a roguish element, almost smug at the prospect of calling her his own.

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Sara smiled gently, "You didn't rush it, I had a great time." she assured, giving him a warm grin, squeezing his hand gently, before using her free hand to wave down the waitress to ask for a to-go box and the bill. As the woman brought the bill back, Sara and Derek got into a small spat over who would pay the bill. After insisting repeatedly, Derek convinced her to let him pay the bill, and Sara stood, pulling at her skirt to make sure it didn't ride up too far, before walking outside, with him, and standing by the car, she waited for him to unlock the muscle car, she leaned her back against it slightly, Image

As he unlocked the car, she smiled, sitting in the passenger seat, as he drove, she gently, almost hesitantly took his hand, looking at his face to gauge his reaction slowly, she bit her lip gently. Throughout the entire car ride back to her place, the held hands. She couldn't help but think how right her hand felt in his. Encased completely in his calloused hand, she literally couldn't wipe the large smile off her if she wanted to.

Once they reached her house, he opened the door for her and led her to her door. The exchanged pleasantries, before she gently, almost bashfully gave him a gentle kiss goodnight before waving and entering her small home.

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Axel's ride the night before hadn't really succeeded at much of anything. In fact, it only managed to anger him further as he dwelt on the idea of his brother having the audacity to move back here and tell him, the Alpha, that the pack was rightfully his. It was a load of shit and AJ certainly wasn't going to put up with it. When the pain in his leg finally became too unbearable, the Alpha had ridden the bike back to his home and parked it in the driveway without even bothering to notice if Leanna was there. In fact, he certainly wouldn't be prepared for her reaction come the next morning when she called him out for his shameless flirting the night before. Granted, he really didn't think she had heard him from the kitchen, but she was a werewolf and he knew she too had enhanced senses like he did. He did kick off his boots before falling asleep, but he basically neglected to undress at all and fell asleep, like he had the night before, in his full outfit.

It was a new day now and, at eleven in the morning, Axel had finally woken up and decided to hold a pack meeting like he'd said via text. It had taken the Alpha a while to get his bearings but, now, he stood in the clearing behind his own house with the rest of the pack. The only odd part being, of course, that they had all assumed their wolf forms. The young man slowly circled the group, doing a head count and quickly assumed everyone had arrived. If they hadn't, well, it was their fault and he'd certainly make sure they knew it. The brown wolf sat beside Sam and curled his tail over his paws neatly while his ears continued to swivel lightly, listening for sounds.

"I guess you've all heard the news by now that Albrecht's back," he began, the fur on his back bristling as he "spoke" telepathically to the other wolves, his voice filling their minds. Briefly, his teeth bared and he fidgeted in place uncomfortably. "The ditcher just thinks he can come back and be Alpha again." Now, his teeth bared again and he let out a bark. "Well, we'll show him he can't simply leave and expect to be treated the same...from now on, I don't want to catch any of you talking with him, you hear me? He may have been a member of our pack, but he's a traitor and a liar..." The Alpha paused, giving himself time to calm down before he "spoke" again.

"There are other things we need to focus on, though," he said, shaking himself quickly as if to shake off the past topic. "They found the body of a Hunter yesterday and you know the Hunters are going to be all over it, given that one of those fangers did it."

"On that note, since it doesn't concern us, stay out of it," said Axel nonchalantly. He's already decided the day before to not involve his pack. They shouldn't have to pay for what the vampires were doing anyway. They had already suffered enough with the Hunters moving into their safe-haven, hadn't they? "I don't care if they kill off all of the vampires, really. It would save us a lot of trouble and then, perhaps, they'd leave us alone. Until they, stay low and play it safe. Last thing we need is someone going into wolf form in public."

Finished, AJ stood and stretched, his tail swaying slowly back and forth before he sat down again. "Questions? Comments?" Sure, he was the Alpha, but this certainly wasn't a monarchy or a dictatorship. Besides, Leanna also had the right to speak, along with his Beta couple. Still, he'd most likely make his decisions law. They were in the best interest of everyone.

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In all honesty, Seb wasn't quite sure when he'd fallen asleep the night before. After Alarick was gone, he'd managed to wrangle up Leighton and force her to go to bed, despite her energy levels (which were basically through the roof). He was, however, already mentally drained for the day. The murder, the kiss, just everything. In a daze, Sebastian put together a make-shift bed on the couch and walked outside to invite Annelise back in. He wasn't quite sure, by the time he was retreating to his room, if she came in or stayed out. Regardless, he fell asleep almost as soon as his head had hit the pillow.
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In the morning, Seb felt surprisingly refreshed, despite the events of yesterday. For a while, he thought he must have overslept but, then he seemed to realize mid-panic that he had a day off on that Monday. In fact, he had no work every Monday. By the time he'd fully woken up, Sebastian was dressed and attempting to cook some sort of breakfast on the stove top. By the time he'd finished, a plate of a great amount of scrambled eggs sat on the counter, accompanied by some slices of bacon. Seb was already eating and, out of habit, the man left his plate out to wash sometime later.

As he made his way outside, he knew he'd pass Annelise. Whether she was on the couch or outside, he did not know. In fact, he didn't really pay attention as he made his way toward the guns they'd left out earlier by the shooting range. While he wasn't going to shoot here, he still couldn't fight the urge to shoot something. His old rifle in hand, Seb entered the house and left a brief note to explain his absence before leaving and trekking off into the woods after something, though he wasn't sure what. If he was lucky, he'd find a werewolf or, even better, a vampire.

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Albrecht had never been a sound sleeper in the years he was away from home. In fact, it shocked him when he woke up on the ratty, old sofa the same way he'd fallen asleep. A more superstitious or, perhaps, someone who read into such odd events would have said he was feeling better simply because he was home now and he felt safer. The thought actually caused him to laugh. Oh, he certainly didn't feel safer. The incident in the diner last night had proved to him that while he had missed the people of the town, the people of the town certainly didn't miss him as much. Well, actually, that wasn't completely true. Really, it was only Axel who didn't miss him at all.

Still mulling over these thoughts, Albrecht dressed in basketball shorts and a t-shirt to go out for a jog that morning. As his feet hit the pavement, causing a tap, tap to echo around him, he still thought about the pack. Perhaps he should say something? Maybe Axel would be willing to accept him back and then, if things went well enough, he might even be able to reclaim his position as Alpha. It was a wonderful plan in his mind and he was actually extremely eager to put it in motion. Still jogging, Albrecht turned his face a bit upward and drew in a breath, smelling the air for any trace of werewolf.

When it finally came to him, half a block down, it was faint but he was certain that was where they were, for there were so many scents mixed together. His pace quickened eagerly and he veered off of the sidewalk, on to the grass, and then into the woods just to follow them. It took what seemed like ages to find the group but, of course, it was mere minutes if anything. It seemed a bit odd to him at first to be watching his old pack mates in the clearing. And, it also seemed disheartening that he was no longer part of their pack telepathy. He knew not what they were saying, only that they must have been meeting about something. What they were discussing, though, he had not the slightest clue.

Crouching in the dense brush down wind from the wolves, Albrecht simply watched and waited. Thoughts bounced back and forth and he wondered if he should simply blow his cover now to speak with them, or wait for them to be in a less...threatening form.

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Annelise had chosen to stay outside to sleep because of the gnawing feeling she should have left and never come back, for obvious reasons she didn't tell Seb why she preferred the outdoors.. She was barely awake when she heard Sebastian moving around, the smell of breakfast trying to drag her out of her lifeless state. Her heart ached to go and sit with him, maybe talk more so she could make more of a fool of herself. As she heard him pass by her "sleeping" form she was thankful she had been facing away from the door, choosing to listen in pained silence. He grabbed something, she could tell, but she didn't have the slightest idea what because she was too hurt and tired to process thoughts properly. When he walked back inside she stirred, sitting up and hanging her head as she heard him leave the house a few seconds later.

"Please no.." Annelise murmured to herself. It was a miracle that nobody had tried speaking to her last night, she didn't want Leighton to wake up and try and be around her, but maybe Seb had said something? She sighed, obviously contemplating leaving again before she shook her head and walked inside, taking just one slice of bacon out of fear her stomach would reject any more. She could go into work.. but nobody would show up, nobody ever did. If anyone would, it might be Alarick if she was lucky. Why not take the easy route? Stay here until she was kicked out. As if being rejected wasn't hard enough, there was still Nika's death to deal with. Not to mention the anniversary of her father's death was coming up...

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When Leighton awoke, she was startled to find she was in her own bed. She remembered nothing after debating with Sebby about what time was appropriate for girls her age to go to sleep, but she was back in her room now, buffeted by a mass of pillows and quilts. When she tried to sit up and felt how severely the blankets had been pulled down around her and tucked in, she knew she had not walked there on her own.

He had carried her then, she thought, feeling a bit peturbed. Leighton loved Sebastian very, very much, and his affections were always welcomed, but she didn't want to be treated like a baby any longer. She was seven years old for Pete's sake, whoever he was...Grown enough to go to bed when she pleased, and grown enough to know what it was Seb really did when he wasn't at home.

That was it. That was what struck a nerve.

She could truly care less if her surrogate father babied her or tucked her in at night, she was headstrong and independant but the real problem lied with the secrets he kept. It was why she was so short with him as of late and so keen on Alarick, to make him jealous(Though she did authentically care for him, as he was always so handsome, charming and sweet). Children and animals alike had instincts that alerted them to mistruths and the true nature of people, and while Sebastian's nature was a generally loving one, there was a darker side to him that went deeper than the occasional curse word, and she knew for a fact he hid things from her. She didn't understand much of what they said in her company, and he knew that, banked on it, so she didn't even bother trying to assertain what it all ment anymore.

Image"As she made her way through the hall into the kitchen, she noticed the shades were drawn and the harsh glare of the morning sun streamed through the window; the brightness of the light making the edges of heavy fabric disappear into transparency. This was no doubt Annelise's doing, Seb never opened up the window covers. The girl was there, hovering over the counter top, chewing contemplatingly on a piece of bacon. She looked sad to Leigh, but then again, that girl never seemed happy. Always fretting over this or that.

"Hey Annie-Bo-Bannie. I didn't know you was staying the night. We could of thrown a slumber party." She grinned in an exhaustive effort to cheer her breakfast companion up before popping a piece of bacon in her mouth. "Where's Sebby? Outside?" she inquired, mouth full, words muffled by her food.

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ImageWhen the first ring of Derek's alarm clock sounded, he cursed—and he might well have gone on cursing until the final ring, had not he possessed a grinding forbearance. As it were, he collected himself and was silent; but his frustration still betrayed itself in the hard lines of his face, and he found he could not summon the earnestness to will it to change.

Last night had been an utter and complete success, all and all. He and Sara had eaten dinner, she looked so lovely in her dress, and he hardly minded that she didn't correct him when he called himself her boyfriend or the fact the the entire car ride back to her house, they had held hands. Despite the fact he had nearly stroked out from a public induced panic attack and they had to leave early, Sara seemed to have throughly enjoyed herself. He couldn't have been happier or more elated, so why was he lying in his bed now the next morning, brow furrowed to the point of scowling and bags under his eyes from a sleepless night?

He rose from his prison of damp sheets and paced the cold floor, trying to will an answer from thin air to his internal crisis. The taut threads of his patience were wearing thin, and his pajama bottoms, be it said, were in a similar condition. He uttered no more curses, but he breathed out a prolonged and ragged sigh such as to put all The boy who cried wolf's bitter wailing to shame. He ran his hands roughly through his obsidian hair and interlocked his hands behind his head before asking the darkness, "What the fHell am I supposed to do?" But the room was perfectly still. Even the faintly dancing shadows that played against the walls seemed subdued and indifferent, and the only sound to be heard was the soft panting of Derek Hale's quickened breath.

The question that a plagued him all night, that had turned a beautiful morning sour, that had his mind reeling and heart pounding was not an unfounded one...What sort of future did he and Sara have in Bellingstone?

Anyone else, anyone human, might of said: Isn't it too early to be thinking on that? That is a trouble for down the road. Wasn't your first date last night? But they were humans and humans couldn't concieve the complexities that came with being a lone wolf in another packs territory. It was one thing for Derek, so obviously not a threat on his own, to live on the fringes of the city; but it was another entirely for him to take interest in taking a mate--a former of their pack no less--and to appear to be forming a pack of his own. If this pack were like his--his old one--he amended, they'd see to it that the pair of loners either submitted, left, or died...as was pack law. Sure, it was an ancient law that most were loose on, but none the less, it was a possibility that the Alpha, the wolf who hadn't bothered to speak with Derek when he came into his own diner, practiced such principles.
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He finally halted in his pacing and looked over his shoulder to the window blanketed in heavy black drapes. Sara saw this place as her home, and if she didn't want to leave then by God, Derek would take on every single wolf in that pack so that she could stay. Let it not be said that Derek Hale was not adversarial, that he was no fighter. He was an Alpha by rights, and whether or not he had a pack or didn't, his strength did not wane. He was a wolf, a wolf hopelessly in love.

Love always makes you do stupid things right?

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Annelise didn't even hear Leighton come down, trying too hard to block out Sebastian, only making the intrusive thoughts grow stronger. "Why did I have to fall for that asshole..?" She whispered hopelessly, thinking that maybe if she got herself to hate him it wouldn't hurt as much. The small voice next to her made her jump, cringing in fear. Leighton hadn't heard Annelise, had she? "Oh.. H-Hi Leigh. Sorry, I was sure Sebastian would have let you know." Annelise replied as smooth as she could, trying not to tear up at his name. The brunette finished her "breakfast" and decided it couldn't be that bad if she had some more. As she had a few more slices of bacon she listened to Leighton ask through her stuffed face, "Where's Sebby? Outside?"

"Yeah, I think I heard him leave, but I don't know where." She sighed, "Wanna go see if there's a note?" Already, she was standing up as she finished her food, hoping that if she kept the girl occupied she wouldn't ask anything she didn't need to know.

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Leanna hadn't gone home that evening. It wasn't a conscious decision she had made when she arrived at her brother's house, taken out of protest or to try and prove a point. She simply just hadn't wanted to face what waited for her at home, namely Axel. Her brother had made them dinner and they'd eaten on the sofa in front of the TV, talking, a little about Albrecht, but mainly about the unimportant and irrelevant things, until Leanna had eventually drifted off to sleep. Felix had put a blanket over her and allowed her to rest. Though Leanna hadn't expected to sleep at all that night, she'd slept right through until she was awoken at quarter to ten by the insistent buzzing of her cell on the coffee table beside her.

Leanna had picked up the message from Axel, announcing a pack meeting at eleven. It was obviously a group message, sent out to the entire pack. There was no personal message from him for her, even to check if she was okay. But, their relationship had always been like that. Of course he'd care if something happened to her, but any love or everyday affection felt forced, if even present. Despite this, though, Leanna had woken up much more clear-headed than she'd fallen asleep. Yesterday, seeing Al, after all these years, had shocked her, that was all. She didn't love him any more, she now insisted to herself. He had abandoned them, he had made his choice. She was with Axel now, she was Alpha Female. That was her place. She had committed herself to this and she could not let her pack down. She needed to stand by Axel's side, put their differences aside and present a united front against Albrecht's takeover, or whatever it was he thought he was back to do.

Leanna thanked her brother for the previous night and told him she would see him later at the pack meeting. Then, she returned home to change and get breakfast. Whilst there, she saw Axel and informed him she'd spent the night at Felix's, although offered no apology for it or explanation why. She decided not to broach the subject of the waitress then, but it was not forgotten and she did plan to mention it to him later.

Now she sat to Axel's left before the pack, with Sam to his right, and the meeting commenced. First he spoke about Albrecht, rehashing what they all knew about his return. He did exactly as Leanna had expected, making it very clear he was not going to back down from his position as Alpha and give in to Albrecht, but it was the second half of what he said that made Leanna's breath catch in her throat.

"From now on, I don't want to catch any of you talking with him, you hear me? He may have been a member of our pack, but he's a traitor and a liar..."

What? No! He couldn't! The protests instantly rushed through Leanna's mind, but she did not voice them telepathically to the others. She caught herself quickly, putting a halt to her thoughts. Of course he could, really, she should expect no less. A good leader would try to protect their pack from what they believed to be potential danger, and preserve the hierarchy within the pack. In his position, she would have done exactly the same. Hell, as Alpha Female, if he hadn't said it, she would've. That is, if it had been anyone else but Albrecht...

Axel moved on to give news about how the body of a hunter had been found yesterday, blaming it, quite rightly, she imagined, on the vampires. He gave them instructions to stay out of it, which is just as Leanna would have done. That was the thing about Axel, he was truly a good leader. He generally made well thought out decisions which were clearly for the good of the pack. She couldn't criticise him as a leader, she simply wished he had the same natural talent for caring for her and their relationship.

Axel then offered his decisions up to the floor to allow questions and comments. Leanna remained silent. In the most part, she agreed with his decisions. She told herself she agreed with all his decisions, that they were for the best. They didn't need Al around, he had betrayed them. Leanna sighed softly. This was the right choice...

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The previous day had certainly taken a strange and unusual turn, not only had someone been murdered within town, a hunter no less but now Axel’s brother, Albrecht had returned. Caro would have been lying if she had said the older man’s return didn’t bring happiness to her, she was immensely glad to see him, thankful in fact. However, not every shared the same reaction, Leanna had been in a state of shock, which was understandable as Caro certainly did not think her friend had expected ever to see him again. And honestly neither had she, when Albrecht left all those years ago she had resounded herself to the fact that she would never see him again, he wanted a ‘normal’ life or so to speak, but sometimes ‘normal’ wasn’t always what you expected; she had told him as much just before he left, although she supposed he had to make the connection himself.

Axel, as expected, had not reacted well at all and even now Caro grimaced at the memory, the words said in haste and anger would have usually been regretted the next day- although this probably wasn’t the case with Axel and Al. She did pity their alpha with the situation and she couldn’t help but feel a little anger at Al for his words, did he really think he could disappear for all this time just to reappear one day and resume his place. Had he really thought nothing changed? That he would still be alpha? Of course he had, he was a Wolff and they were just about as stubborn as they came.

Over the course of the night Caroline had done her best to forget what had transpired within the diner. She and Nettie had enjoyed a quiet night in, a lovely meal of steak and vegetables followed by a slice of Nettie’s apple pie for dessert, they had then watched few programmes on the TV and just chilled. Like usual their conversations were light and airy, they had spoken about a lot of things and nothing at all, they had spoken of Sam and where their relationship was going and Caro had shed a tear over it once again. Despite this, it had been a wonderful evening, one she would not forget in a hurry.

Caroline had been awake for a few hours, tending to some jobs at her bar when she received a group message from Axel ordering a group meeting. Already she knew the course of topic it would be about the women which was murdered and Albrecht, it was predictable, but still much needed. By rumours she had heard from patrons, the generally consensus, by those who knew, was that this knew killing was done by a vampire. The woman had her blood mass drained, who else could have been the culprit? After quickly phoning Nettie, telling her to stay put, Caroline had hurried over to Axel and Leanna’s home.

ImageIn her wolf form , Caro sat within the circle, her ears pointed to constant attention as she listened to what Axel had to say. "Well, we'll show him he can't simply leave and expect to be treated the same...from now on, I don't want to catch any of you talking with him, you hear me? He may have been a member of our pack, but he's a traitor and a liar..." He spoke so easily that Caro dipped her head slightly, the sadness was still present in her eyes even in wolf form. She couldn’t help but feel that his words were ones made out of haste and defiance. I was clear that despite them being brothers, Axel saw Albrecht as a threat and a dangerous one at that.

Caroline continued to listen as Axel pressed onto matter about the dead hunter, although she agreed with some about what he was saying, something did not sit right with her. Everything had been peaceful up until yesterday, the vampires had not stepped out of line since the event a few years ago, so why now? Why that woman? After she thought about it in depth, the answer became clear, it wasn’t one who had inhabited the town. It wasn’t plausible for them to do so, they had come to Bellingstone for a safe place to stay, a home, why would they jeopardize that now? No, it must have been someone knew. That thought led her onto another event which had transpired in her bar the very same day and led her to a new suspicion, perhaps that arrogant asshole had something to do with it? He was certainly someone new to the town, it was plausible.

Releasing a mental sigh, Caro suppressed the information for the time being, Axel wouldn’t do anything with it, he’d just tell her to stay out. Perhaps he was right, perhaps she should just leave it to the hunters to handle, but what if it happened again and she could have stopped it? There was no way she could live with herself if that happened.

As Axel broached the end of his speech he asked if anyone had any questions or comments and Caroline found herself biting her tongue on the whole Albrecht affair, she hated the fact that Axel told them to stay away, that it was forbidden to speak to him. She honestly did not believe she could keep that promise, shaking her head, she finally “spoke” up. “Axel, you know I am loyal to you as alpha, it is rightfully your position, not his. B-But I cannot just ignore him like that, he’s my friend too and you can’t ask me to do that.”

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The previous night hadn't gone exactly as planned. Walking in and seeing Albrecht had been somewhat of a pleasant surprise, not having seen the Wolff brother since he had abandoned Bellingstone all together. However, the happy reunion had quickly turned sour. Sam was able to admit he had been selfish. He hadn't been thinking of the pack or his Alpha's reaction when he had first seen Albrecht. Only excitement at a long lost friend. When all of the lights had mysteriously exploded - he still hadn't figured that one out - he had lunged for Caro, determined to shelter her from the glass. Axel had turned to make sure everyone was okay, when his eyes fixed on the elder Wolff brother. Then the shit hit the fan.

Sam basically sat back and watched with wide eyes. It wasn't his place to interfere in Axel's family business. Although, he was extremely surprised to find out that Albrecht wasn't even aware of his own father's demise, and practically expected to be handed the position of Alpha now that he was back. He had given up this life and his position the day he walked out on Bellingstone. Thankfully, the night ended without any violence, Axel walking out of the diner and instructing Sam to clean up. After Axel's departure, he had ensured everyone who hadn't already left was unharmed and escorted them out. The pack dispersed, not many words exchanged. Everyone seemed to be in shock, too lost in their own thoughts to voice anything out loud. He had been especially sad to see Caro leave, especially because they had been planning to spend the night together. However, with the events of the night, he was sure it was far from her mind.

He had spent a few hours cleaning up all the broken glass off the floor, and replacing all the bulbs in the ceiling. It was tiring work, since he had woken up before dawn for the early shift, but no one else was going to do it. The diner still had to open for business tomorrow. After the diner was finally clean, he locked the doors and headed home, unaware of the time and too exhausted to contemplate everything that had happened that night. Before lying down in bed, he picked up the phone to text Caro, letting her know that he was thinking of her and loved her. As soon as he set the phone down, his eyes shut and he promptly passed out.

His eyes opened, greeted by blinding light, and he instantly shut them once more. He rolled over to check the time, realizing it was a few minutes after ten o'clock. He groaned, wishing he could shut his eyes and fall back to sleep. But he had noticed the voicemail icon on his phone, and had a pretty good idea what it was about. Upon listening, he learned the pack would have a meeting in less than an hour. He rushed to get ready and make it to Axel's in time.

ImageAt eleven, the entire pack had gathered in the clearing behind Axel's house, all in wolf form. Sam had taken his place on Axel's right hand side, with Leanna on his left. There was a long silence, and Sam's ears perked up. He could hear the wind rustling through the trees as everyone waited for Axel to 'speak' to them. His blue eyes found Caro, who was across from him, and he could read the sadness in her eyes. It pained him to see that, and he wished he could trot over to her and nuzzle her, just for comfort. Axel's words broke his train of thought. "I guess you've all heard the news by now that Albrecht's back. The ditcher just thinks he can come back and be Alpha again." Axel's teeth bared, and he let out a bark.

Sam stayed silent, eyes slowly scanning the rest of the pack, trying to read their reactions to his Alpha's words. "Well, we'll show him he can't simply leave and expect to be treated the same...from now on, I don't want to catch any of you talking with him, you hear me? He may have been a member of our pack, but he's a traitor and a liar..." The words were harsh, especially about family, but Sam stayed silent. He knew of Axel's pains regarding Albrecht, and how betrayed he had felt when the elder Wolff brother had abandoned his entire life. Axel had been thrust into a position he hadn't been prepared for, all because Albrecht had wanted to run away. He could understand, yet at the same time, family was family.

Axel spoke of the dead hunter, warning them of a vampire's involvement. It was truly alarming, yet he warned them to all stay out of it. It was the best decision for the pack as of now, since they didn't know how how many vampires were involved, and which Hunters were going to make it their mission to get back at the vampires. Hopefully it would mean the Wolff pack could stay out of it all together. Axel paused, asking for questions or comments. As Caro's voice rang through his mind, his blue eyes found hers. “Axel, you know I am loyal to you as alpha, it is rightfully your position, not his. B-But I cannot just ignore him like that, he’s my friend too and you can’t ask me to do that.” Sam shifted uncomfortably, wishing she would have kept that thought to herself. His eyes flicked to Axel, wondering what the Alpha's response would be. Sam spoke before Axel could.

He stood on all fours, pacing back and forth in front of the group on his paws. "I'm wondering if it would really be smart to completely shun him. Can we really turn down another wolf at a time like this? The Hunters could use this incident as an excuse to come after us as well. The more numbers we have, the safer we are." He paused, trying to read some of his pack mates, but had no idea what they thought of his words. He continued on anyway. "I'm not saying we have to trust him altogether, but we shouldn't turn him away either." Done speaking, he took his place back at Axel's right side, and sat on his haunches, waiting to see what the others would say.

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