At the end of a very long night, Scott finally told Isaac and Stiles to release Bella and Malia from their bonds. While Malia had been uneven throughout the night, shifting in and out, Bella had, as promised, remained calm and collected and most importantly; in control. It had been a good evening, everyone eating pizza while watching reruns on TV to get their mind off things such as the full moon.
The moment she hit the bed at the Argent’s house, she had dozed off for a couple of hours, only to wake up because she could hear Charlie’s voice in the living room downstairs. Groaning, she checked to see the weather and it was sunny out, so at least he’d be alone.
Isaac was still asleep, unfortunately on the floor because she probably kicked him out of the bed again in her slumber, so she had to tiptoe around him to get to the shower to quickly freshen up. She smelled of sweat, sleep and iron, and she didn’t like it. A change of clothes wouldn’t hurt, either.
When she got out of the shower, Isaac was awake, sitting on the bed, scratching his head. “Your dad’s downstairs.”
“Are you going to tell him you’re a wolf?”
“No, why would I?” Bella said with a shrug as she softly kissed Isaac’s lips. “Go back to sleep or something, I’ll be back in a bit.”
“Want me to come with?”
“It’s my dad, Isaac,” she said with a smile in her voice. “I think I know how to handle my father.”
“Just saying,” he shrugged. “I’ll be here when you need me.”
Bella made her way downstairs as she put her hair in a ponytail, following the voices of the three men talking. “Hi Dad,” she greeted him happily and hugged him when he got to his feet. “Great to see you’re still in one piece!”
Charlie let out a sigh of relief as his daughter hugged him. “While I’m incredibly glad to see you’re still alive, Bella, why did you run like that? You had us all worried!”
“I’m all right,” she smiled at him as she let go of him. “More than fine, now.” She looked at Sheriff Stilinski for a moment and narrowed her eyes at him. Too bad he was one of the humans she couldn’t touch. She wanted to tear him to shreds for calling her father about her location, but then again, he was only doing his job.
“We were worried sick, you know,” Charlie said, eyeing his daughter. “Is it drugs?”
“What?” Bella blinked at him. “Have you been talking to Jake?”
“No, sweetheart, I’ve been talking to Dr. Cullen, seeing as they saw you more than I have over the last few years.” Bella didn’t like the patronizing sound in her father’s voice.
“Dr. Cullen is a grade A dickhead, and he can shove his pretentious attitude where the sun doesn’t sparkle,” she deadpanned, causing Argent to stifle a grin.
“That’s no way to speak about him like that,” Charlie said disapproving. “He’s been setting up search parties and filed a missing person’s report on you, even though I told him you’d surface eventually and that it wasn’t necessary.”
“He knew where I was the entire time,” she shot at him. “Don’t let them fool you, I’ve been using a bank card that Jasper set up for me all the damn time, when I was in Europe, anyway. They knew exactly where I was.”
“Bella, calm down,” Argent said calmly.
“No,” she said angrily. “The Cullens have been manipulating me for years and now they’ve done it to Charlie, I mean, come on. It’s obvious.”
Charlie sighed as he pulled his daughter into his arms again. It was obvious that Carlisle had been right, his daughter did seem to be a little unstable. “It’s okay, sweetheart, we’ll get you home and get you the right kind of help.”
With a growl, Bella pushed her father into the Sheriff and felt how her face changed into full wolf face, fangs and all. “I will not go back,” she growled, ready to fight her way out of this if needed. She let out a little yelp when Isaac grabbed her by the neck and pulled her backward, almost sending her flying.
“Calm down,” he said as he kept his hands on her shoulders. “No need to take it out on your father.”
“He wants me to go back with them,” she said as she met Isaac’s eyes and calmed down a little, temporarily forgetting that she was a free person and that the time that she had to listen to her father had long passed. “He wants me to be miserable.”
“Don’t be stupid,” he smiled at her and kissed her forehead. “You’re an adult, remember? He can’t make you do things you don’t want, not anymore.”
“What was that?” Charlie said shocked as he sat down on the couch, disbelief all across his face.
“What was what?” Bella smirked, her eyes narrowing as they flashed yellow again quickly.
“Your daughter is a werewolf,” Chris Argent said as he took a seat again, confident in Isaac keeping Bella from mauling her father. “She was bitten by one when she was 10 when she was spending time at the Indian Reservation.”
Charlie huffed. “There’s no such thing as werewolves.”
“Then how would you describe what you just witnessed?” Argent countered before looking over his shoulder to Bella. “He doesn’t know about the vampires and shifters either?”
“And you were going to marry one?” Chris asked confused.
Bella shrugged. “It was better he didn’t know, he wouldn’t understand anyway.”
The hunter looked back at Charlie in thought, trying to piece together everything again before running a hand over his face. “And that vampire is in town now. How much of a threat is he going to be Bella?”
“Depends on if he came alone,” she turned to Charlie. “Charlie, did you and Edward come alone?”
“No, of course not,” Charlie huffed. “Everyone wanted to come along. They left Jasper behind as he wasn’t feeling too well. Something about a heat stroke.”
She looked at Argent. “See? He doesn’t even think that getting a heat stroke in Forks is weird. No bells are ringing. This is why I didn’t tell him. And to answer your question; I think we can probably take them.”
“Yeah, but you’re not trained.”
“True,” she said with a nod and thought for a moment. “We’re going to have a hard time, but I think we’ll be able to. I mean, Derek’s willing to help out.”
“I think the Twins would be more than happy to help too,” Isaac offered. “Sure, they can’t become one big ass wolf anymore, but they’re more than capable.”
“What do you mean?” she blinked at Isaac, tilting her head to the side in confusion. “Twins, one wolf?”
“Twins, two wolves and one big ass puppy. Like, huge. Hurts like hell, too.”
“Hmm,” she said as she tilted her head to the other side. “Sounds interesting, how does that work?”
“It was freaky. Like… they’d absorb each other and grow in size and strength. They beat the crap out of us on numerous of occasions when they were still in the Alpha pack – pack of Alphas.”
“And you can keep the vampires from getting into our heads?”
Bella looked at Argent and sighed. “Yes, but it won’t do any good when we all spread out to attack them. Not that I know of, anyway. I could try, but yeah.”
“I’ll round everyone up so we can come up with a plan,” he looked at Charlie and then back at Bella. “Maybe ask Deaton for something hallucinogenic, so Charlie believes he had a bad trip?”
Charlie rubbed his hands over his face. “I don’t think I need drugs for that, thanks.”
“Okay, Dad, crash course.” Bella moved passed Isaac and sat down on the table to face him. “The Cullens are vampires. They feed on animals which is why their eyes are golden. If they’re red, they’ve been sipping on humans.”
“And vampires live long.”
“Now, I’m a werewolf. Isaac,” she nodded towards the guy leaning against the wall behind her. “Is one too. He has friends who are werewolves, and he is part of a pack. Like… there’s one leader, the Alpha.”
“Oh!” Charlie smiled. “Like wild dogs!”
Isaac snorted. “Something like that. And our leader has red eyes while the rest of the pack has yellow…”
“Unless you’ve killed an innocent, then they’re blue.” Argent pointed out. “Like Derek.”
“Um…” Charlie started to look back at his daughter.
“And then you have shifters. Jake is a shifter, created by magic. He transforms into a big ass ugly wolf. If I hadn’t demolished my phone, I would have shown you, but the tribe’s wolves are there to fight the Cullens or any vampire who are a threat to humans.”
“Native American tribes are known for their magic,” Argent started to explain. “It’s their magic that kept Bella from being a werewolf all these years after she was bitten.”
“Okay so who are the good guys and who are bad?” he asked confused.
“We’re the good guys. The Cullens are the bad. The Quileutes… Well… they’re supposed to be good, but they’re full of shit. And when we’re fighting the Cullens tonight, you’re going to stay with the sheriff, and you two keep away from everything because they will hurt you.”
“Now, hold on a second,” the sheriff said defensively. “I’ve assisted with the Wolves a few times.”
“Yes, you have,” Chris said without blinking as he got up and started taking out a few toys. “But he has no experience in this and you will need to help him here. He’s potential leverage for her if one gets past us, and you can help protect him.”
“Bullets won’t hurt them much.” Bella pointed out. “Molotov cocktails will do the trick just nicely. They need to burn. Grenades, anything that goes boom!”
“Now hold on a second,” Charlie said, causing Bella and Isaac to grin like idiots. “If they’re as dangerous as you say they are, I don’t want you out there.”
“Dad, I can take care of myself,” Bella assured him. “I’m a werewolf now. I have super strength, and I can heal faster.” She held up her hand and forced her claws out. “These babies are sharp as knives.”
“I’m impressed,” Argent said, apparently just that. “You survived your first full moon and you have control over yourself? That’s amazing.”
“Does it hurt?”
“I’m all right,” she smiled at him as she retracted her claws. “Seriously. And I’m sorry I didn’t call but the Cullens would have found out that I’m here.”
“Instead I brought them straight to you.”
Bella hugged him. “No worries, I expected law enforcement to meddle with things. It’s what you guys do best.”
“I’ve texted everyone to meet us here in 30 minutes, it would give us plenty of time to go over the basics.” Isaac said as he held up his phone. “Still hours to go til sundown.”
“So you ran because you realized Edward wasn’t good for you?” Charlie asked his daughter as she pulled away from him after her hug. “Why didn’t you do it sooner?”
“Because I was stupid and in love. Or at least I thought I was in love, I don’t know, let’s just stick with stupid, and I’ve learned my lesson.”
“You should have talked to me, sweetheart.”
“There’s nothing you could have done, Dad. Besides, the Cullens are the least of our worries.”
“Oh yeah, their royalty. I made another stupid mistake because I thought I loved Edward, but don’t worry, you’ll be safely back in Forks when that happens.”
“You’re not coming back with me?”
She smiled at him and shook her head. “You know I never really liked Forks. Too cold,” she then nodded towards Isaac again. “Besides, I’m not leaving that hottie.”
Isaac blushed as he uncomfortably rubbed his neck. “You need to stop.”
Bella smirked as she glanced over to him before focussing back on her father. “He has these great hands, a wicked sense of humor and he’s sweet and caring. Oh, did I mention his hands?”
“Sweetheart, I don’t need to know about that,” Charlie shook his head.
“And the sex. Oh, man.”
“Bella!” All the adult men scold. Argent then added, “You need to remember a filter.”
“I will, but do you have any idea how freeing it is not to have to think about what you’re saying all the time because you’re afraid you’re stepping on some vampire toes, and they could actually kill you for not saying the words they want to hear? Don’t worry, the filter will come back, just… dad needs to know I’m happy.”
“Maybe a little too happy,” Stilinski mumbled as he sat stupefied.
“Sorry, my fault,” Isaac grinned.
Charlie watched on from behind the window to see his daughter with her new friends in the backyard, shocked to see what was happening. At first they had looked like regular teens, good looking, healthy teens and then they all changed, their faces, the hair on their bodies. The two adult wolves looked significantly too old to hang around with those teenagers who looked like they weren’t even out of high school. “You okay with all this?” Charlie asked Chris, seemingly the responsible adult.
“If you’d have asked me that a couple of years ago, I’d say ‘no’, seeing as the family business is hunting things that go bump in the night. But now? It’s alright. Scott’s a good leader.”
“And their parents, they all know?”
“Well, Scott’s mother knows. The Sheriff knows because his son is practically attached to Scott’s hip and got his ass dragged into it because of the supernatural. Kira’s mother is also a fox.”
“A fox?” Charlie looked over at the ordinary looking girl. “She didn’t change.”
“No, but she’s a Kitsune, a Japanese fox who can manipulate electricity,” Argent calmly explained. “The twins, well, they’re old enough and shouldn’t even be in high school anymore… Malia has spent nine years as a coyote. Then there’s Derek and Peter, there’s no explanation for them, really. Peter is an unhinged asshole and Derek… well. Never mind him. Isaac is an orphan. We’re all taking turns with him, with taking him in, making sure he’s being fed and all, but he’s a good kid, Charlie.” He assured him. “He came to me for help after running into your girl in France. Kept her safe and in line. Still does.”
“So glad I’m not the new guy anymore,” Stilinski grinned as he handed the two men a mug of coffee to continue to observe the kids in the yard. “Isaac truly is a great kid. You shouldn’t be too worried about your daughter anymore.”
Charlie had been watching his daughter through the window; her head had turned up towards where they were as if she knew exactly where they were. She looked at them irritated before stomping off in annoyance and he looked at the men with raised eyebrows hoping they could explain his temperamental daughter’s actions.
“Also, the wolves have super hearing, it’s best not to discuss them while they’re in hearing range,” Argent grinned as he took a sip of his coffee.
“Well great. And just how far is this hearing range extend?”
“Depends on the wolf, how well they got things under control, if they’re an Alpha or not…”
Argent shrugged. “Until she accepts Scott as her Alpha, she’s packless, so she’s an Omega, the lowest rank of the wolves,” he looked at her and Scott. “She’s in control, so her hearing range is alright, I suppose. Maybe several blocks in her wolf form.”
“Fuckers,” Bella muttered as she sighed and looked at Isaac, who had been listening in as well, with a big grin on his face.
“He’s right, you know.”
“Are the twins in your pack?” She asked Scott. They looked like bulldozers, quite scary if she had to be honest. She didn’t trust them, and she certainly didn’t like Aiden.
“He doesn’t trust us enough, so feel flattered that he wants you,” Aiden remarked with a smirk. “Everyone wants you, don’t they? How does it feel to be so popular?”
“Aiden, shut up.” Ethan rolled his eyes at his brother.
She let out a groan as she looked at Scott. “What do you want me to do?”
“Nothing,” he said laughing. “It’s your choice. I mean, you probably will fight me on most decisions, but that’s good. I don’t always make the right choice and as much as Stiles hated Isaac’s input most of the time, it worked. So why not have you too?”
She let out a low growl and gave a slight nod, not wanting to say it out loud, mainly because now she would have something that would tie her down, again.
“And hey, if it doesn’t work out, you can leave whenever you want to. Be an omega or find a different Alpha. It’s all good but know that I’d be happy to have you.”
She nodded again as she turned to Isaac, grinning mischievously and set off her feet, jumping at him, flipping herself midair as she used his shoulders for stability before landing on her feet gracefully and kicked him in his back.
“Hi,” she grinned.
“Well, I suppose that’s new.” Charlie said, blinking at his daughter’s agility. “She wasn’t even able to run without falling over her own feet.”
Bella grabbed a cushion from the chair and lobbed it towards the window where the three men were observing them from. “They need to stop.”
“Aw, Bella’s dad is proud of his little girl,” Aiden teased, causing Bella to fling herself at him, but he easily deflected her and pushed her away mid jump. “I like your new toy, Isaac.”
Isaac growled in response, moving in preparation to attack to defend her. “Don’t talk about her like that…”
“Aw, just harmless fun,” Aiden grinned as he looked at Bella. “She’s really hot too.”
He took a step up to him, snarling. “She’s off limits…”
“Why? Because you two make it clear that you’re not dating or a couple.”
Scott looked at the exchange, wondering if he should step in or not. He was pretty sure Aiden was trying to bait Isaac into a fight. Harmless fun, maybe, but something to seriously look out for.
“Hey Bella,” Aiden said as he pulled her closer to him. “Want to date me instead of Lahey?”
Bella let out a low growl as she kneed Aiden in the groin and stepped away from him, taking on a defensive stance. What was it with this guy? Isaac had said she was off-limits, she was off-limits, why keep going?
He licked his lips as he kept his eyes on her. “I’ve heard you like sex.”
“Aiden, stop,” Ethan told his brother as he had his eyes on Isaac, who had gotten closer to his brother. While Aiden could easily take on Isaac, bloodshed wasn’t part of this exercise. “This isn’t funny.”
Scott definitely had to step in. He quickly jumped between Aiden and Isaac and growled at him. “Stand down, Isaac.”
“Oh, come on, Scott.” Aiden whined before cowering when Scott turned around to face him. “Fine, fine. Sheez, she’s just a hot piece of ass, who cares?”
“No, no no,” Scott pushed against Isaac as he wanted to push passed Scott to do something to Aiden. “Isaac!” He hated to step on his stripes with Isaac, but that was the only way to get through to him. At least this was a verbal warning instead of his growl. Isaac physically relaxed and took a few steps back before tripping over something and landed on his ass in the grass.
Bella quickly made her way over to Isaac to make sure he was okay and scowled at Scott, so much for having some fun with Aiden. Surely, she and Isaac could take him. She sat down behind him and protectively put her arms around him as she ruffled Isaac’s hair.
“Well,” Peter said lightly. “Who wants take out? I’m buying.”
“Chinese?” Bella perked up. “I love Chinese!”