I'm sorry this might be a long Author's note – but for those of you I had PM'd or were getting updates from my previous blood and chocolate story Blood and Chocolate: New Town, New Life, New Problems this is the re-write! So if anybody even got my messages or read the last authors note/chapter and is still keeping up with the story thank you! And for new readers, thanks too and enjoy the story!
I had decided to re-write my story, staying along the same story-line because I think I could be writing it better for you guys and I know it's been a LONG time, like 3 years, but I had gotten busy and caught up life and high school and preparing for college so here I am now! I hope you guys will read and enjoy this story as you did the last, I was getting great responses and please don't forget to R&R (even though you are already reading this so that sounds kind of funny). For some of you it might be a little bit of a repeat if you remember from my last story but bear with me and I will be adding in lots more detail! So enjoy!
Of course all characters and basically everything belongs to the amazing Annette Curtis Klause, except for the characters I invent.
Chapter One: New Beginnings
As soon as my feet hit the ground I shifted back to my wolf skin, finally feeling free. The change came fast and easy again, and I took off running after Gabriel. Still not wanting him to see my fear and desire aimed at him, I nipped his tail, and bounded off in front of him. I knew my teasing words were still running through his head. As we came upon the grassy field, I slowed to stop to let him catch up. As the night carried on, the moon shining high in the sky, I let Gabriel consume me.
I awoke in my bed, alone. No memory of how I got back to my room, but unlike the many nights before, I knew this time that everything was ok. Esme pounded on my door, "Vivian, you better show yourself today, or the moon-knows I will let Gabriel in there to set you straight." Hearing is name sent chills through my body as memories from the night were coming back to me.
"Fine." I replied quickly, jumping out of bed and pulling in my robe. Once I knew she was down the stairs and in the kitchen, I headed for the bathroom. Showered and dressed in shorts and a tank-top I threw myself down onto my bed, only to notice I landed on a small folded piece of paper, no doubt from Gabriel. The note read: Pack meeting at six, I will see you then my princess wolf. Pack meeting, why was there a meeting? Now I have to face the pack, so soon. They'll all know. Gabriel won't let it go unknown. I let myself laugh at that, of course Gabriel won't let it go unknown. I decided now was a good enough of a time to face my mother. At least give her time to process it. If she found out in front of the pack she'd be furious with me.
"Well, well, well look who's normal again." Esme clapped as I walked in to the kitchen I shot her a nasty look. "What made you decide to change back? Finally fed up with the five singing to you?" she said laughing.
"No, it was Gabriel." I said. No point in beating around the bush.
"Gabriel?" she raised her eyebrows, shocked. Before she could question me any further the five made their way into the kitchen. I thought this had saved me, but oh was I wrong.
"Hey look Vivie's ok!" Willem yelled as they all started to give hugs and boast about how it must've been their singing skills.
"Hey Vivian, what's this mark on your neck?" Finn said, moving my hair, a smirk on his face.
"Nothing" I snapped back moving my hair.
"That's not nothing" Gregory said, "looks like somebody bit you." He laughed. I could feel the blush of embarrassment rising to my cheeks.
"Sorry Will, looks like Viv's really taken now." Finn winked.
"Vivian!" My mother gasped.
"Oops…" Finn said, trying to control his laughter.
"Can't say I'm surprised." Esme sighed. Now I was shocked. "What I knew you were gonna come around to him eventually honey. No need to be embarrassed." she finished with a smile and went on drinking her coffee.
"Was he good? Tell us all the juicy details Vivian." Greg said, batting his eyelashes and laughing hysterically.
"Probably better than any of you would've been." I said with a smirk and stalked back up to my room, leaving them all speechless. I stayed in my room for the rest of day and then started to grow anxious around five. Only one more hour, then I'll have to see him. I want to see him. But we'll be in front of the whole pack. I started nervously pacing my room. What would they think? I heard a knock on my door, I swung it open violently, expecting it to be Esme, who had been trying to pry information out of me all day, but it wasn't.
"Gabriel." I smiled, without even thinking I threw myself into his arms. "Sorry" I mumbled against his chest, I breathed in his musky scent which helped settle some of my nerves.
"Sorry?" he laughed picking me up and gently setting me down on the bed. "I should be the one who's sorry, I left you to wake alone this morning." He kissed me deeply and sat down next to me. "Now what are you sorry for?"
"Everything…" I trailed off, not quite sure why I said sorry in the first place. I could see him studying my face, searching for something with those big brown eyes. "What?" I asked nervously. He took my face in both of his hands and looked me directly in the eyes.
"You have nothing to be sorry for Vivian. You were confused and afraid. So, ready to sacrifice yourself for the pack, and then sacrifice yourself for me. I would have taken that bullet if it wasn't for you, although I rather it had been me. It pained me to see you so disgusted by yourself stuck in half form, because you're such a beautiful creature." I was lost for words. Lost in his eyes. He's seen me at my worst and seen me at my most vulnerable, saved me from myself and still thinks I'm beautiful. He kissed me again, like he did last night, raw and sharp, and real. There was a feeling rising in my chest, an overwhelming sense of something, I couldn't find the right word to explain it, so I just let Gabriel pull me back in with his kiss. When he pulled back for air, it hit me, the word.
"Love" I whispered, "real love."
"Real love?" Gabriel asked, I didn't realize he had heard me.
"I haven't felt something like this before, I don't know what else it could be." I said, everything coming out in a rush, "I thought Aiden had loved me, thought I had loved him. But it wasn't real. Just an illusion. He couldn't love me, all of me. He wouldn't accept me." I looked up at Gabriel. "I love you." I whispered. He laughed, and I jerked away.
"No, no, no. Vivian." He smiled pulling me back to him. "I know you love me, you've already told me. Repeatedly." He laughed again, "last night." I blushed.
"I seem to have forgotten some of last night." I said hesitantly "what happened after..?" Gabriel laughed again.
"You fell asleep. I didn't want to wake you, you looked so peaceful. So I carried back here and tucked you into bed. I stayed for a while, watching you sleep. Then I wrote you that little note and left. Didn't think that you would want Esme walking in and finding out that way. You did tell her right?"
"Yes." I sighed "Yes, I told my mother. And the five know…they kind of walked in when I was telling her." I laughed.
"I bet that went well" he laughed with me "I haven't told anybody yet, why tell when they can all just see for themselves tonight." He had a devilish look in his eyes.
"We aren't just having a meeting about us right? I mean I'm sure most if the pack assumed something would happen." I was starting to get nervous again.
"No, I have more news about Vermont. We will be leaving soon, I'm going back up there tomorrow for a few days to finalize everything. And then I'm going to come back down and get you, a few other members if the pack and we will start getting things fixed up and running in Vermont, while everybody else finishes up stuff here."
"You're gonna leave me here?" I say, a little upset.
"Just for a few days, I need you to stay here to help keep everybody on track so we can move quickly and get everybody settled in Vermont. You are queen bitch Vivian, they have to listen to you just as much as they have to listen to me." He smiled.
"I'm only seventeen. What makes you think they'll actually listen to me Gabe?"
"You proved yourself, in the ordeal. And when you stepped in front of me when you knew he was going to shoot, most of everybody saw that." He gave me a sincere look.
"I was just trying to save my mom, you know that. And, I also messed up, with him. Put all of us in danger." I look down at the floor, still feeling foolish about that stupid boy.
"Yes, but you were also willing to sacrifice yourself to protect us. I don't know how many of the pack would actually have the courage to go through with an act like that Vivian. Trust me, they will learn to see you as a leader, as queen bitch, and, if they have anything to say about that, they will have to come to me."
"Alright." I sighed giving up, I guess I'll just have to see what goes on at this meeting.
"Now, let's not leave them all waiting. C'mon babe." He gave me one last kiss and pulled me down the stairs into the living room after him.
All eyes turned to stare at Gabriel and I the second we walked into the living room. The whole pack was already here, right on time. I could feel the blush warming my cheeks as I followed Gabriel to the front of the room. I stood silently next to him, as he started the meeting. He told them how we will be moving soon, and everybody should be moved and settled in Vermont by the end of September. There's a lot of work that needs to be done but it's mostly cleaning, painting, and small repairs.
"Tomorrow I will be going to Vermont to finalize everything. I will be gone for a few days, no more than four. While I'm gone Vivian will be in charge." Gabe paused to let that sink in, a few people gasped and I could see some shocked faces. One belonged to my mother. "Does anybody have anything to say before I move on?" Another silent pause.
"Best speak up now, because if you have anything to say, you will be saying it to me. Vivian has taken me as her mate," Gabe put his arm around my shoulders, "which makes her Queen Bitch. She had shown her ability in the Ordeal and has proven herself suitable to be queen." I was shocked. Still no one had said anything. And Gabriel continued, answered questions about the move and ended the meeting. As people filed out of the house there were a few congratulations for us, hugs and pats on the back. After the last person left and the door was shut, I finally relaxed and collapsed into Gabriel's arms.
"Everything is going to be fine Viv." Gabriel said has he wrapped his arms around me in a tight hug. "It's only a few days, and then you'll be back with me in Vermont. Everything well be easier there."
"Stay here tonight?" I asked, looking up at him with hopeful eyes. I hated and feared him just a few days ago, and now I didn't want to leave his side.
"How about you come with me tonight. I have a few things I need to finish up at my apartment, and I need to finish packing. And I'm sure Esme wouldn't mind having a little alone time with Tomas." He smirked looking at Esme, who was watching us from the kitchen.
"Like that's ever stopped her" I rolled my eyes.
"You treat my baby girl right Gabriel." My mother nodded her approval and disappeared up the stairs to her room. I let out a sigh of relief and followed Gabe out to his motorcycle. His apartment was nearly empty, basically everything packed. We ordered food, ate, and talked. Then we made our way into his bedroom, clothes were strewn everywhere.
"This is all I have left to pack" he sighed, sitting down on the floor, leaning back against the bed, and starting putting clothes into a box at random. I plopped myself down onto his bed and watched.
"You're just going to sit up there and watch me?" he laughed turning to look at me. "Get down here and help me. We'll get it done faster."
"It's not going take you long by yourself, you're just shoving them into boxes, but ok." I sighed and jumped off the bed. I took a seat on the other side of the box, and starting folding. There was silence between us, but it was nice. Comfortable. After a while I stopped folding and just watched him. There was a lightness in his face I had never seen before. Happiness, he was content. I started to let my mind wonder. He was much bigger than me, built all of muscle. And gorgeous. Thick black hair, the perfect kind for running your fingers through. A deep tan that made his skin glow and intense brown eyes that looked like they could see right into your soul. I felt a shudder of the change course through my body. I felt the need of him rising up through my body, I felt the rush of blood to my cheeks. I felt guilty for thinking what I was, but why? It had already happened, we had already claimed each other as mates. There was no going back now. No denying or pushing back of the feelings and thoughts running through my head. I was growing impatient.
"Almost done?" I asked, playfully throwing a pair of socks at him.
"Almost, are you getting tired? You can get into bed if you want." He glanced up at me for a second, but then when back to folding.
"No, I'm not tired…" I trailed off. I slid myself across the wooden floor to sit by his side. He still continued to fold. I kicked the box away from him, and it tipped over, the pile of shirts he had been folding spilled back out in a mess on the floor. "Oops…" I giggled.
"Did I just hear a giggle come out of your mouth? I see what you're doing Viv" He looked over at me and, tried to catch my other foot but was too late, I had already kicked the other box away from him. A devilish smile on my face.
"You do?" I giggled again.
"Why don't you just get up into the bed, I'll finish these two boxes and then come join you." He winked at me.
"Ok" I sighed, he helped me up off the floor and turned to pick up all the shirts I had spilled. I grabbed his arm and put on my best pleading face. "Please Gabe…" he gave a little smirk and tried to turn away but I attacked. I grabbed his face in both of my hands and kissed him as hard as I could. I could feel him melting, his arms wrapped around me and he gave in. I had won.
He sighed, "Ok. I see, my queen, to the bed we go." I could feel his smile against my lips, as we tumbled onto the bed.
Again I had awoken alone. "Gabriel?" I said groggily, sitting up, I got no reply. I got up, grabbed one of his shirts and put it on, I walked to the bathroom. "Gabriel..?" Still no response. I walked into the living/dining room. "Gabe?" I tried again.
"You're up, I'm in the kitchen." He laughed. He was drinking a cup of coffee and labeling boxes. "Good morning babe." He said walking over to me and kissing me on the forehead. I took the cup of coffee out of his hands and starting drinking.
"When are you leaving?" I asked.
"Sadly in about an hour." He sighed, taking his cup of coffee back.
"Only four days right?" You'll be back on Wednesday?" I said wrapping my arms around his waist.
"Yes ma'am. I'll be back here on Wednesday to come save you" he laughed. "You'll be ok Vivie."
"Take me with you now." I pleaded. "I'm not ready yet, leave Uncle Rudy in charge, he can handle things." I stood on my tiptoes and gave him a nice long kiss for good measure. It didn't work.
"You're ready. I have faith in you my queen." He laughed and Ulf came in. I jumped behind Gabe, I was only wearing his t-shirt.
"It's alright Vivian I'm just back to grab more boxes." He laughed and left just as quickly as he came in.
"Go get dressed and then I'll take you home." He said reluctantly. After getting dressed and helping load the rest of the boxes into Gabe's truck, we were at my house. Ulf was still in the truck waiting for us to finish our goodbyes.
"You know what to do Vivian, we talked about this last night. Everything will be ok. You have your mom, Tomas, Finn, Willem, and Gregory, at your back ready to help you. I know you can do this." He said wrapping his arms around me.
"Just hurry back," I sighed, breathing him in one more time. "And call me every day."
"Of course" He said kissing me. He gave me one last squeeze and then held me at an arms lengths away. "I love you Vivian." He smiled.
"I love you too, now go" I said giving him one last kiss. I watched him drive away and then turned to my front door. The pack was in there, my pack was in there. Waiting for me, waiting for my instructions. Just as I was about to turn the knob, ready to face whatever challenges lied in front of me, I caught his scent in the slight breeze.
That is the end of chapter one! I'm sorry if it's a bit long but I wasn't sure where to end it or how to end it. I'm already excited at how much better this sounds, and excited to continue writing it! Please Review, review, review, I want to hear what you think.