This takes place a year and a half later. If you haven't read Wolf Lake: The second Season you may want to check it out first. I would greatly appreciate any reviews or comments so please take the time after you read this. Thank you!
Luke drummed his fingers on the desk trying to pay attention to what his mother was saying.
"Earth to Luke," she said waving her hand in front of him," where are you today?"
"I'm sorry. Sophia has been gone over a month and she is coming home today." He got up to look out the window. He was really glad that she was coming home today despite the fact that before she left they had been fighting. She had tried flipping and for some reason it wasn't happening. They had gone to Sherman and found out that Sophia had a disease when she was younger. Sherman thought that the wolf in her blood must have killed off the disease but it left her unable to flip.
Things had been tense in the house after that. They had fought over little things not speaking about what was really on their mind. Melody calling and asking Sophia to visit her had been their only reprieve. The vacation she took was supposed to be for two weeks but she had called and asked if she could stay a little longer.
Just then her SUV pulled into the driveway. He made his way out of the house feeling a weight lift off his chest. He had missed her. Even with the problem they were having he loved her and it had been hard being separated from her.
She jumped out of the vehicle and ran at him full speed. He caught her in his arms kissing her. "I missed you," he whispered in her ear.
"I missed you too. I'm sorry I was being such a jerk before I left."
He put his forehead on hers loving the feel of her skin on his. "Not today, okay? We have plenty of time to talk about that but not now."
She drew back with a big smile on her face," sounds good."
"How is Melody," he asked throwing his arm around her while they walked in the house.
"Oh my gosh, you should have seen her showing. I think she sold all of her paintings in the first half an hour."
"That's great. Is she coming to visit soon?"
"She said she might."
"Hello, Sophia." His mother came over to her and gave her a hug. The rest of the afternoon was spent listening about her trip to New York. When his mother got up to leave Luke walked her to the door and they said their goodbyes.
Luke found Sophia upstairs putting her clothes away. She was humming a song he didn't recognize and he just stood at the door watching her. It was amazing how one person could change the whole feel of a house. When she was gone the quiet could have swallowed him like a black hole but when she was there she was always singing.
"I saw James while I was in New York," she said.
"How is he doing?"
She closed the door to her closet and fell on their bed. "Good. He got married this year."
"That's good," he sat on the bed beside her.
"His wife is lovely and the pictures of their wedding were beautiful," she said with tears in her eyes.
"I thought we weren't going to do this today," he pulled her over to him leaning her against his chest.
"I'm not," she said wiping at her eyes.
"One day we will get married. For right now this is going to have to be good enough."
"Face it, Sherman already told us I can't flip. You can't marry someone who isn't a skin walker."
"Sophia," he said lifting her chin," I love you." He bent his head claiming her lips. She was right. This could be all that they could have together but he didn't want to worry about it now. Tonight all he wanted to do was hold her and kiss away all her worries.
Sophia woke the next morning to an empty bed. She wasn't surprised; Luke had always been an early riser. She had missed him while she was in New York but she knew she could use the time away. Before she left they had been at each other's throats. They would be up yelling at each other till three in the morning and then he would end up sleeping on the couch.
The hardest part about it was the fact that they couldn't get married. Luke had gone to New York to bring her back and she couldn't even be with him. She wondered if he had known what would happen if he would have gone to get her.
Sophia got dressed in her running shorts and a tech shirt and went downstairs. He was sitting in his office looking through a file. "Good morning," she greeted him placing a kiss on his cheek.
"Morning," he mumbled. "How did you sleep?"
"Fine," she answered sitting on the floor. She started her morning stretches watching him work. "What are you doing?"
"The kids up at the lake last night started some street races. One of the cars ended up in a house. I thought I would scare them into submission this morning."
"Don't be too hard on them. You used to be one of those kids."
He smiled," what are you doing today?"
"I thought I would go for a run and then I told my dad I would have lunch with him today so I will be gone this afternoon." She got up and started rubbing his shoulders. He took her hand and pulled her into his lap. He kissed her running his hands through her hair. "I better get going before we have to take this upstairs." He bit her on the shoulder before letting her up. "I love you Luke." His cell phone went off and he went back to work.
Sophia started running down the road heading towards Sherman's townhouse. Luke didn't know but while she was gone Sherman had been working on a way to get her to flip. There had been many times where she had told Luke she was going for a run when she was really going to Sherman's for him to run tests on her. It wasn't like it needed to be a secret; she just didn't want to get his hopes up. He had even caught her once even though he didn't know it. He had seen all the bruises on her from the needle sticks but she had told him she had fallen during a run.
Sophia knocked on the door which; was promptly answered by a short older man. "Sophia, how's it going?"
He left the door open wanting her to follow. "Good, how's it going here," she asked following him into his office.
"Good. The weather has been extremely warm."
"I mean; did you find out how to make me flip?"
He patted his worktable where he wanted her to sit down. "Are you sure you want to do this? No matter what we decide to try it's going to be dangerous."
"Yes, I want to be with Luke and that is not going to happen if I can't flip."
"I have seen the two of you together and I know he loves you whether you can flip or not."
"It's not fair to him. He deserves to have a normal life. With a wife and kids. I can't give him that."
"This isn't fair to him Sophia. He should know what is going on. What if something happens to you?"
She sighed," I have to do this. Please understand."
"I found something that might work," he said walking over to a vial that was sitting on his desk. "We are going to try playing with your genes. Hopefully by injecting a skin walkers blood we can get your own cells up and running again."
"When can we try it?"
"I have a few more tests to run on it but if all goes well, I would say tomorrow." Sophia stood up heading towards the door. "I still think it would be better if you told him."
"I will think about it."
Sophia went home and took a shower feeling lighter than she had in a long time. After all this waiting she could possibly put this problem behind her. All she wanted was to be with Luke and unless this worked it wasn't going to happen.
When she got to the diner her dad was waiting for her. She gave him a kiss on the cheek before taking a seat across from him. "Hey," she said picking up the menu.
"Did you have a good morning?"
"Yes, I went for a run. It felt good. I didn't get to run much while I was in New York."
"You went for a run," he asked her questioningly.
She saw his eyebrows rise on his forehead and she knew she had been caught. "How did you find out?"
"Sherman called me this morning."
"He told you?"
"Yes, he told me. Someone in the family needed to know what was going on. I don't like this Soph." She rolled her eyes not responding. "This could be dangerous and by the way, when did this become just your decision? Luke should get a say."
"He would say no."
"Good. This isn't a good idea."
"Not you too. I had to get this all morning from Sherman. I don't need it from you."
"I have to. If you are not going to tell Luke then someone has to be the voice of reason."
Sophia set her menu down and placed her hand over his. "It's going to be okay. Tomorrow I am going to try it and if it doesn't work I will leave it alone."
He gave her a look but they both went back to checking out the menu. Part of her was worried that they were both right. Luke had a right to know but she didn't want him to stop her.
Luke was almost done making dinner when Sophia walked in. "Good timing. It's almost done."
"You made me dinner?"
He smirked," I know, sometimes I amaze myself with how awesome I am." She laughed even though he could tell she was distracted. He grabbed her from behind and kissed her neck. "I missed you. I might not let you out of this house for the next month."
"You would be sick of me within a week."
"A week? I was thinking a day." She swatted his arm and he went back to working on dinner. "I'm being serious. If you had stayed in New York one more day, I would have dragged you back home myself."
They sat down to dinner; which was unusually quiet. She sat across the table from him with a far off gaze in her eye. This wasn't like Sophia. Most of the time they would talk and laugh all through dinner. "What is going on with you today?"
She turned her gaze on him and shrugged. "I guess I am just tired." They went back to eating both lost in their own thoughts. He noticed that she had lost weight while she had been in New York and she did look tired. He had to admit he felt tired too. The fact that she couldn't flip was always on his mind and it had caused him to lose some sleep. "Luke, if there was something that could make me flip but we didn't know what the side effects would be; would you want me to try it?"
"Is this a hypothetical question?" She nodded. "Well, how bad could the side effects be?'
"Of course not. The fact that you can't flip has never bothered me."
"No, but it bothers the pack and you are Alpha of this pack."
"I can't live my life by what they want from me. I would do almost anything for them but not this. I wouldn't give you up."
She picked up their dishes taking them into the kitchen. "One day you are going to have to decide them or me."
"It won't come to that."
She slammed the plates in the sink," It already has. We can't get married because I am not a skin walker and if I am correct you have to have an heir. I can't have your kids."
"Then we won't have kids."
"I want to. I want to have your child. This isn't going to work." She walked out of the kitchen leaving him staring at the space she had just occupied. What was he going to do? She was right. He was Alpha of this pack and it came with certain obligations. He was expected to get married and have kids who would most likely become Alpha next.
Luke was sitting in his office again the next day thinking back on the conversation he had with Sophia.
"Luke you are twenty-four years old I think it is time you got married and settled down," his mother said breaking him away from his thoughts.
"Sophia hasn't flipped. I can't marry her."
"I know. That's what I came to talk to you about."
"If you came to tell me that I should leave her I don't want to hear it."
She got up making her way around his desk," You are Alpha of this pack and that means that you have a responsibility to it. You know I love Sophia but we can't put her well being over everyone else."
"So what you are telling me is; I went to New York and took her from a man who would have married her. I took her from the life she knew and shacked up with her for a year to toss her out. I don't think so. I won't abandon her."
"Being Alpha is not easy and I taught you that since you were young. This is where you start making the hard decisions."
His cell phone rang and the person on the other side sounded panicky. "Luke you have to come to the hospital. Sophia had a seizure."
"I will be there as soon as I can."
"What happened," his mother asked.
"Sophia is in the hospital."
Luke and his mother were running down the hallway when; they were met by Matt Donner and Sherman. "What happened?"
Sherman stepped forward," Sophia, asked me to help her flip. We tried injecting her with skin walker blood to activate her dead cells but for some reason it caused her to have a seizure."
"Why wasn't I told about this?"
"She asked me not to. I figured it was up to her to tell you."
"You figured wrong," Luke said between gritted teeth.
The doctor walked up to them looking through a file that was in his hands. "Sheriff Donner, I guess you are the one I speak to about Sophia Donner," he asked.
"No, you will speak to me," Luke interrupted before Matt could speak.
"Well, it seems that the skin walker blood that Sherman injected into Sophia caused her brain to have abnormal electrical activity we call this a seizure. We are going to keep her for a while. I think she could have one or two more before the day is through. It took me so long to get out here because she had another one a few minutes ago."
"Will she be okay?"
"She'll be fine."
Luke breathed a sigh of relief," Can I see her?"
Luke walked towards her room taking a second to collect himself. He didn't know if he had ever been more scared than he was today. She had been lucky it could have been a lot worse. Last night she had been telling him what she planned to do and he didn't get it. All of this was his fault.
"Sophia," he whispered rubbing her arm.
She opened her eyes and smiled at him. "Hey, I guess I messed up."
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"I didn't want to worry you. This is my problem."
He rubbed his finger across her cheek realizing that the fight they had last night could have been his last moment with her. All the bickering they had done wasn't worth it. He wanted to make her happy and from now on he would try his best to make it happen. "We are a team. This is our problem."
Sophia went real still and then started shaking. "Sophia," he yelled trying to get her to stop. The nurses came running in to check on her and he was pushed out.
Luke felt the anger build inside him as he made his way down the hall back to the visitor's section. He came around the corner and punched Sherman with all the force he could. "You touch her again and I will kill you. If she comes to you, turn her away." He watched his mother and Matt pick Sherman up as he walked out of the hospital.
One Month later
Sophia was lying in bed when she felt her stomach doing summersaults. She ran to the bathroom and made it just in time to empty her stomach. This was the second time this week. She knew she couldn't stay with Luke much longer or he would figure out that she was pregnant. Today she was going to leave and it hit her that she wouldn't be able to come back. This life that they had together was wonderful and she was going to miss it.
Sophia knew Luke would be out for the day at meetings. This gave her the opportunity to pack and leave without him knowing. Her dad was going to help her take her things to New York where she would be staying with Melody. When they were done she took one last look at the house wondering how Luke would take her leaving.
She sat staring out the window wiping the tears that were falling down her face. "You know, when I was younger all I wanted to do was get out of Wolf Lake. Now I would give anything to stay."
"You don't have to leave."
"This baby would just be trouble for him."
"Maybe but he has a right to know. This is his child too."
"You are a part of the pack. You grew up being part of it. How would they handle their Alpha having a child with someone who isn't a skin walker?" Her dad remained silent. "I am making this decision for him not for me."
Luke walked into his house noticing something was missing. He couldn't place his finger on it but something was off. He looked around trying to find the source when he realized that Sophia's shoes were missing. Not just the pair she would wear, all of them. He made his way upstairs to their bedroom and went to her closet. The closet was empty except for some hangers and a few boxes in the corner.
He ran to the phone dialing her number but was met with the answering machine. Next he called her dad. Just like her phone there was no answer. The only other person he could think to call was Melody.
When she answered she sounded nervous," hey Luke. How are you doing?"
"Where is she Melody?"
"I don't know what you are talking about."
"Yes, you do. If you didn't you wouldn't be so nervous right now."
She paused," I can't tell you. Bye, Luke."
She hung up on him and he growled feeling frustration take over. He would find her. There aren't too many places she could go.