Sup. Hope everyone had a great weekend. Here's the next chapter!

NOTE: When this chapter starts it takes place BEFORE the last one ended just after Humphrey gets to the party. If you don't understand what I mean you will when you start reading :)

Chapter 4: Needs

Kate's P.O.V

I drove up to Garth's house in my dad's car. Lilly was in the passenger seat just looking out the window at the massive mansion. We could hear and almost feel the booming of the song "Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta playing even with the engine on and the windows up. The street was packed with cars all over and even some in Garth's driveway. I saw Humphrey's Tacoma parked right across from the house. I decided to keep driving forward until I found a spot a few houses down and parallel-parked between two cars. I put the car in park and turned off the engine before looking at Lilly.

"Are you sure you want to be here, sis?" I asked.

"Yes." She answered, sounding very sure. "I want to experience an actual party and socialize for once instead of being in my room gaming. Besides… we're already here."

"Alright then. Just know I'll be there if you need me."

"I know Kate…" She rolled her eyes at me. I nodded and we both got out of the car and started making our way toward the house. It was a very modern-looking house, much like ours. Lots of windows and a mix of white walls and wood accents. The chorus of the song "Erase Me" by Kid Cudi and Kanye played right as Lilly and I walked through the front door. There were wolves everywhere. Dancing, standing, sitting, talking, making out, swimming in the pool out back. It was an actual, proper party and I was very excited to join all my friends and have the time of my life. I looked around and caught a quick glimpse of Humphrey getting swept away by his friends toward the living room where most of the guests were dancing as the song "Memories" by David Guetta came on.

"Wow…" Lilly said next to me. I smiled at her and then saw Garth walking over to us holding a tray in his hand with a few drinks left on it. He was wearing a blue and white flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled up and black pants.

"Ladies! Welcome to my party. You both look fantastic, if I may say." He greeted us with that charming, handsome, smile that all the girls were swooning over. Lilly giggled shyly.

"Thanks, Garth, and you may," I replied, returning the smile. "Your house is beautiful."

"Thank you, Kate." He said. He knows my name? I thought. He looked at my sister and gently took her hand. "I don't think we've had the pleasure of meeting, what's your name?" He asked.

"Lilly." She answered with a shy smile looking down.

"A pleasure to meet you, Lilly." He said, shaking her hand with a smile. He then handed each of us one of the red solo cups from his tray. "Would you two like a tour?" He asked.

"Sur-"

"Maybe later, I think we're gonna go find Candy and Sweets. Thank you though, Garth," I said, interrupting Lilly. I still wasn't too sure about this guy and besides, I told Candy and Sweets we would party together.

"Of course!" He responded. "I believe they're both right over there." He pointed to Candy and Sweets who were dancing to the music along with Candu and my ex, Hutch, who had both just shown up. Hutch and I ended on good terms, we both just got too into our sports and lost feelings.

"Thanks!" I said before taking Lilly's hand and bringing her over to Candy and Sweets who both saw us and immediately greeted us with a smile and a hug.

"Sup bitchess!" Candy exclaimed, clearly already drunk.

"Didn't this party like, JUST start? How is she already hosed?" I asked with a chuckle.

"We pre-gamed at my place before heading over," Candu said, before dinking his cup with mine and taking a swig, I gladly joined and took a drink from my cup, and the six of us started dancing our asses off. Humphrey's sister, Liza, shimmied over to us to join in and I could see an immediate shift in Lilly from that shy girl to a carefree party animal. Until they both wandered off to enjoy themselves. I knew she was safe with Liza so I decided not to worry about them and just let Lilly have fun. Besides, my sister is one of the smartest wolves I know.

Candy, Sweets, Candu, Hutch, and I danced for about an hour and a half straight. From the song "Dynamite" to "Ballad of a Badman" we let loose the whole time and kept drinking. Hutch said he would be our designated driver to take us home safely so I decided fuck it and got a good buzz going, which turned into that drunk feeling pretty quickly.

I eventually got tuckered out from the dancing and went to hang out in the kitchen where it was a bit quieter. I was leaning on the counter watching my friends make a fool out of themselves on the dance floor as the song "Lean On" by Major Lazer played. I shook my head with a smile at them as Garth came up and leaned his back against the counter next to me.

"Having a good time, Kate?" He asked, I looked at him with a smile and nodded.

"You really know how to throw a party!"

"Oh yeah, I know." He replied with a cheeky smile, causing me to laugh. "So, how about that tour?" He asked with a smirk. I stood up straight from the counter to my full height in front of him. Even while he was leaning against a counter he still dwarfed my height of 5'7.

"I'm up for a tour," I said, looking at him seductively. I couldn't tell if it was the alcohol or the adrenaline from the party talking but I was ready to fuck Garth. And I mean… What can I say? He's hot. Before I knew it he was leaning down and kissing my neck. I moved my head to the side to give him better access and closed my eyes. He sucked on my neck and I couldn't help but let out a small moan, I was sure there was already a hickey forming but I didn't care. I opened my eyes and saw my friends reacting to what they were seeing. Candy looked jealous but Sweets, Candu, and Hutch were giving me a thumbs up.

Garth pulled away and motioned his head to the stairs. "Come on, I'll show you the bedroom first." He said with a smirk before putting his arm around my waist and leading me up the spiral marble staircase. I put my hand on his chest and back as we went up the steps.

We got to the second floor which was another open space with many doors and rooms. He led me to one of the rooms and opened the door.

"You just leave the doors unlocked during a party?" I asked and he looked at me confused.

"Yeah, why?"

"No reason… Just don't be surprised if you wake up tomorrow and a few things are missing." I answered. He stood there for a second before shrugging and wrapping his hands around my waist, leading me into his bedroom. It was a huge room with its own bathroom and a big window behind the bed along with a TV hanging on the wall in front of the bed. And of course pictures/posters and little trinkets around on shelves. He led me over to the bed where we sat down and started making out. We could still hear the booming of the music from the party coming from downstairs and people singing and shouting. I felt up and down his chest and arms feeling all his muscles.

We sat there on the edge of his bed making out for a while which I thought was… weird… So eventually I kicked off my shoes, pushed him down on the bed, and got on top of him, straddling him. He smirked up at me as I took off the flannel I was wearing and then my black shirt, revealing my pink bra. As I looked at Garth I couldn't help but notice that he looked… Nervous? Why would a guy like this, who's all about flirting and girls be nervous about sex? I decided it was my mind playing tricks on me and got to work unbuttoning his shirt. I finished unbuttoning and started kissing his abs before making my way lower and lower until I reached the button on his jeans and that's when it happened… I started to hear whimpers coming from Garth. I immediately stopped and looked up at him to see him covering his face with his hands, crying

"What's going on?" I asked, still straddling him.

"I- I've… I've never had sex before and it's- It's just so beautiful! Almost too be- beautiful for me." He stated through whimpers and cries. I looked at him, shocked, mortified, and extremely confused.

"We haven't even done it yet…" I said, looking at him with a raised eyebrow. He uncovered his face and looked up at me.

"I did…" He stated looking down at where I was straddling him. I slowly looked down to see a sticky wet spot on his pants between my legs.

"Oh…" I said as I got off him and stood up to grab my shirts that were on the floor.

"Wait, Kate, give me like an hour we can go again!" He said, standing up with me.

"We didn't even go in the first place! That was not sex it was just foreplay!" I stated, putting my shirt back on and then the red flannel over top of it.

"Well… Fine! You weren't even that good anyway." He said crossing his arms and sitting on the bed.

"Judging by that stain on your pants I think I can disagree…" I said before picking my shoes off the ground and walking out of the room and back down the stairs to rejoin the party. I couldn't help but feel bad for leaving Garth like that but I mean come on! He clearly had issues and I've had my fair share of toxic, complicated, relationships to know when to back out, even before they start. Especially before they start.

"Well, that didn't take long." Sweets said as I walked up to her and the rest of my friends who were now outside at the back of the house on the deck overlooking the city. They were sitting on some patio furniture with drinks in hand.

"What, did he last like 5 seconds?" Candu asked.

"Let's just… not talk about it right now. Nothing happened." I said, putting on my shoes. I noticed Hutch had a joint in his hand. "Hutch… I thought you were our DD…"

"Garth said he ordered a bunch of Ubers to take people home. They're all parked out front." He said as he took a hit from the joint.

"Where did you even get that?" I asked.

"Salty Green. Hehe… Green. Like weed." He was clearly stoned.

"Right… I'm gonna go find Lilly." I said before walking off back into the house just in time to see Humphrey walking down the stairs from Garth's bedroom… Looking furious.

Humphrey's P.O.V (moments before)

No matter how hard I tried, no matter how much alcohol and weed was in my system, I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that the girl of my dreams, the girl who I had grown to love more and more every single year even when we stopped being best friends… was up there having sex with the best-looking dude in our grade. Just like I had predicted. I knew Kate had slept with guys before but this one hurt like no other for some reason. I had to face it: Garth was an alpha and I… was an omega. I wandered off away from my friends and sister and found a spot on a couch away from the party. I sat there, looking out a window at the cars passing by on the highway down the hill from the house, and just watched. I didn't even know what to think anymore. I didn't know why Kate had such a grasp on me. I didn't know why I couldn't just move on and try to find someone else. That's a lie, I knew why… She's beautiful, smart, funny, and kind. She was there for me through all the shit I had ever gone through and always made sure I was okay. We stayed up for hours on the phone talking about nothing… and everything. It was Kate and Humphrey versus the world!... Until middle school came around and we both found new friends and she found sports. I knew why I was in love with her but I didn't know what to do about it. Especially knowing I couldn't have her. It hurt like a bitch.

I was sitting there, sulking, when I heard someone coming down the stairs. I looked up to see Kate, speed-walking down the stairs holding her shoes and looking like she was trying to get away from something urgently. I furrowed my brow with confusion and stood up. What did he do to her!? I immediately thought. She walked out to the deck of the house where the party had moved along with the DJ.

I started heading up the stairs to see what had happened and to confront Garth. Now, I'm not usually one to confront others or be angry… at all. But this was Kate we're talking about… and I was still intoxicated. When I made it up I saw a door that was slightly cracked open. I walked over and slowly opened the door to peek in. Garth was laying on his back on a bed with his legs dangling over the end of it, covering his eyes with one of his arms. His shirt was unbuttoned. He must have heard the door open because he started speaking.

"Back for more?" He asked as he started to sit up. "Look, I'm so- WOAH! Humphrey? What are you doing up here?"

"What did you do to Kate, Garth? She looked stressed coming down the stairs."

"All I did was show her a good time," he chuckled. That made my eye twitch with anger and I slammed the door behind me causing Garth to stand up and chuckle. "Woah, chill out man. I don't think you want to fight me, alright?" Garth was much bigger than me. He's just shy of 6'3 and I'm 5'9-5'10 but that wouldn't stop me from trying to beat the shit out of him if he did ANYTHING to harm Kate. I decided not to go straight to physical violence though… so I used the next best thing, or in my case, the first best thing… My words.

"If you did anything non-consensual to Kate… Or any girl for that matter… It won't only be me you'll be fighting… But everyone from Jasper High." I said, shooting daggers at his eyes with mine.

"Look, nothing happened, okay? She just… wasn't feel well, alright?" He said holding his hands out in surrender. I was not convinced.

"I'll see what she has to say about that…" I said as I opened the door and left to go back downstairs. As I walked down I felt someone's eyes on me.

"Humphrey?" Kate asked as I made it to the bottom. My hair stood on end at the sound of her voice saying my name. I hadn't heard it in a while.

"Kate, hey!" I said, with probably the dumbest smile, as I walked over to her.

"Hey… what were you doing up there?" She asked, returning a quick smile.

"Well… I saw you coming down the stairs looking upset, and I-" Before I could finish Kate was hugging me, tightly. I didn't hesitate to hug her back just as tight.

"You're still such a sweetheart." She said into my chest. She pulled away from the hug and looked at me. "I don't want to think about the weird shit that went down up there… I'm okay, I promise. Can we maybe just find our sisters and your friends and have a good time?"

"Of course we can. Come on, I know where they are." I smiled before leading her to where everyone was.

We made it to a sort of man cave that we found on the lower level of the house. It was well-lit and had a pool table, a bar, a dart board, and an entertainment center with a huge TV, Xbox, and a PS5 hooked up to it. Salty and Mooch were playing pool while Shakey and Lilly were playing split-screen Call of Duty. Liza was sitting on the couch with them scrolling through TikTok on her phone. The song "Needs" by Verzache was playing on the speakers in the roof.

"Woah, where did you guys find this place? And how is no one else from the party in here?" Kate asked in awe.

"Lilly and Liza found it actually and I guess everyone at the party is just too plastered to go looking," I answered.

Everyone in the room stopped what they were doing when they heard our voices and turned to look at us.

"Hey, Kate!" Liza greeted.

"Sup, Kate," Mooch, Salty, and Shakey said with smiles before everyone went back to their activities.

"Don't mind them, they're cross-faded," I said causing Kate to giggle.

"And are you?" She asked with a raised eyebrow and smirk.

"Eh, I think I've sobered up," I said, knowing that wasn't true. Then I just stared at her, taking in all her beauty and just everything about her. It was still so easy to talk to her.

"I wouldn't be so sure of that by the look of your eyes," She chuckled. I was about to say something to her, then. Ask her if she knew how beautiful she was, tell her how much I've missed her or how much I love her... But right as I opened my mouth her friends, Candy, Sweets, Candu, and Hutch came through the door. Probably for the best if I'm being honest. I wouldn't have wanted to admit my love to her while we were both intoxicated.

"Daaamn check this place out!" Candu said looking around the man cave.

"Hey guys!" Kate greeted them, before walking over and sitting on the couch next to Lilly. I walked over to the door they came from, closed and locked it so no one else from the party would find us.

I looked around at everything going on in the room: Kate and Liza were laughing and talking to each other on the couch while watching Lilly and Shakey's game, Salty and Candu started playing pool while Sweets watched, cheering for Candu. Mooch, Hutch, and Candy started playing darts. I sat on one of the stools at the bar and took it all in realizing this could be the start of an amazing new combined friend group. My life was far from stress-free just yet but I knew this was a great start at turning that around and finding some real joy again. And, on top of that, Kate was back in my life and I couldn't be happier.

Reviews:

Troygroomes9398: hm me thinks kate needs a backhand from eve

Answer: Hehe well… Maybe not!

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