This is a continuation from the stories Wolf Lake: Second Season and Wolf Lake: Third Season. Before you read this you may want to check them out. Hope you enjoy! Please take the time to review / comment when you are done. Thanks!
Bella Cates stared at herself in the mirror. Like usual she found herself to be completely average but what really bothered her was the fact that her face belonged to someone else. Her eyes, nose, and mouth all came from Luke Cates, her father, and Alpha of the pack. She had tried to change her appearance over the years by dying her hair red and getting a nose ring, her mother wasn't too happy about, but no matter what she did she looked like him.
The problem really wasn't her dad, he was a great guy, but the fact that he was Alpha left Bella with very few people she could trust. They all wanted something from her or better yet, from her dad. Brian had been no exception.
Brian Stevenson was one of the best looking males in the senior class. When he had asked her out she felt special. Out of all the girls he could have been with he had picked her. She shouldn't have been surprised when she found out all he wanted to do was bed the Alpha's daughter. It had to do with dominance or superiority or some crap like that.
Fixing her shirt one last time she made her way downstairs. Her mother was in the kitchen hunched over a clipboard with her little brother right beside her. "Good morning, honey. Your dad and I will be at the opening tonight at the gallery so I need you to come home and watch your brother. I will leave some money for pizza."
"Great," she said sarcastically. "Can't the little twerp take care of himself?" She searched through the fridge finding a bagel and cream cheese.
"Bella, don't start."
"I don't want her to watch me anyways all she does is play kissy face with Brian."
"Shut up Nate." Her brother stuck his tongue out. She really did love her brother but he could be a big pain in the butt sometimes.
"Maybe you shouldn't invite Brian over tonight."
Bella rolled her eyes," Don't worry about it. That jerk is never coming back." While her bagel was in the toaster she started playing with the shape of her nose. Maybe she could have the tip raised up a little more or facing down. Bella figured she could change a million things about her face and still come out looking like her dad. "Mother, how do you feel about plastic surgery?"
"Bella Cates, you are too beautiful to be considering it." Her mother came to stand behind her messing with her hair. She used to play with her hair a lot when she was younger. "You look so much like you dad."
Bella had to stop herself from screaming. This day was starting out fantastic. She grabbed her bagel and stuff for school. "I'm leaving. Jase and Tinley will be here soon to pick me up."
Her mother looked at her brother perplexed by what was going on. "Was it something I said?"
Her brother shrugged his shoulders. "I don't know."
Bella got out of Jase's car feeling deflated. Just another day of boring teachers and homework assignments that would ruin her weekend. Tinley came up beside her lacing her arm through hers. "I heard you dumped Brian."
Her eyes searched the parking lot for Brian's car. He was standing next to their friends laughing as if he didn't have a care in the world. She guessed he was over her and it took a whole twelve hours. "Yup, as you can see he is really broken up about it."
Tinley gave her a hug," you don't need him anyways. It's not as if you were going to marry him." Tinley was one of Bella's best friends. They had been attached at the hip since first grade.
"I just need something to get my mind off of him."
Jase walked around his car to stand beside Bella. "We could go up to the lake tonight. You could show him what he is missing."
"I was thinking of something a little closer to home. I have to watch Nate tonight."
He put his arm around her shoulders. "How about I bring a movie over and a little popcorn." She made a face at him. "Okay, I could bring Tinley and a few friends." Bella had to admit that Jase was extremely attractive. He had been her friend about as long as Tinley and her. They had an ongoing joke about him being in love with her that was pretty amusing.
"Sounds good," she said brushing Jase's arm off her shoulders. "We will have the house to ourselves except for the annoying little brother."
"Hey, Nate's cool."
Bella noticed the bell ring and they started towards their first class. "You only like him because he thinks you are the coolest thing since sliced bread."
"Well, I have to admit, the kid has great taste."
Bella laughed feeling a lot better about the day. Her friends always knew how to make her feel better. She just wished she could make them understand what it was like growing up as the Alpha's daughter. Brian had used her and what is worst is that she probably would have slept with him if she hadn't found out. He had her so fooled that he was in love with her. What a joke.
Jase Stevenson took a seat near the back of the homeroom classroom. His brother, Brian, took the seat next to him. "Hello, ladies," his brother winked at the two cheerleaders sitting in front of them. "I saw you with my ex this morning. Has she come to her senses yet?"
Jase couldn't help but wonder how he shared the same genes as the guy sitting next to him. His brother had always been the loud one who was really outgoing. Jase, on the other hand, was mostly quiet and kept to himself. "I think you have burned that bridge."
"Don't underestimate me, brother. I have tricks up my sleeve you know nothing about."
Jase heard the cheerleaders in front of them giggle. They were obviously well aware of the tricks his brother had. "How could you? Trying to get into her pants just because she is Luke Cates' daughter."
Brian looked wounded," you got me all wrong."
Jase felt skeptical," really? She won't be just another notch on your bed?"
"Okay, maybe you do get me but that is one big notch."
Bella thought her brother was bad? He would trade with her any day. Brian was always the center of attention and every girl in the school would probably cut off their leg if it meant he would go out with them. Brian was a man's man. Every guy in the school wanted to be him and every girl wanted to date him. "I told you before you started dating her that she is my friend and I didn't want you messing with her."
"In my defense, you knew what I was like before I started dating her. I have needs man."
"Give me a break. You could have slept with tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber in front of us and got the same satisfaction."
"You're right but neither one of them are going to be Alpha one day."
Jase felt anger build inside of him," you make me sick."
Brian laughed," so you going to the lake tonight."
His anger subsided when he thought about what he was going to do tonight. "No, I'm going over to Bella's to watch a movie."
"Now brother, you wouldn't be trying to get into her pants too? Would you?"
Jase thought about it. He had thought about being with her but not in the way Brian wanted her. To Brian all she would be is a piece of meat. Bella was special to him. He liked her. He had tried to tell her many times but it was never the right time. "You know, it's amazing but my life doesn't revolve around the next score."
Brian shrugged," That's the difference between you and me. I want something, I get it."
"No matter how many hearts you have to break."
They both opened their books to the page the teacher had called out. "Look around brother, these girls all want one thing, a bad boy. I fill their need to drive their parents crazy and I get what I want. It's not complicated. We both get something out of it."
That evening Jase showed up at Bella's house noticing that their small intimate movie had turned into a party. There were kids everywhere. He could take one guess at how everyone had found out that her parents were gone but Brian couldn't show up if it was a small gathering. He would have an easier time getting to her if there was a bunch of kids from their school in the house.
He searched through each room asking friends if they had seen Bella. He was told that she was in the living room. When he found her she was sitting with Tinley with her head in her hands. "They are going to kill me. I'm so dead. How did they know my parents were gone anyways?"
"They aren't going to kill you because they won't find out. All we need to do is figure out how to get everyone out," Tinley said trying to calm Bella.
"It's useless. If you can't beat them, join them."
Jase saw Garrett turn towards her," right on." He handed her his beer and watched her chug it down. She got up to walk away but he grabbed her arm. "Bella, I don't think this is a good idea."
"Got a better one?" When he didn't answer she walked away going to dance with Garrett.
Tinley came up to him looking wary," your brother did a good job on her." He watched Bella dancing with Garrett. His hands were on her and it took a lot of willpower not to go over to them and beat him up. "This would have never happened if you would just man up and tell her how you feel."
"Easier said than done. I'm going to try and find my brother." He walked off leaving Tinley by herself. He couldn't watch Bella dance with another guy so he might as well try and fix the problem. This party was getting out of control. Did anyone stop to think that partying in the Alpha's house wasn't a very good idea?
It took him a while but he finally found Brian in the backyard making out with one of the cheerleaders from homeroom. "What are you doing?"
"Not now bro. Can't you see I'm busy," his brother slurred turning back to his date.
"You set this up. I want you to get rid of them. Luke Cates is going to kill us then Bella is going to have to deal with him."
His brother stood up unsteadily on his feet. "Then I guess she shouldn't have dumped me."
"I don't care if she tarred and feathered you. Get everyone out." He got in Brian's face.
Brian pushed him back," not a chance."
Jase decided that talking to his brother was not going to help. He needed to come up with a plan on his own. Even though Bella's parents were understanding, he didn't think this would go over very well. When he got back into the living room Bella was dancing next to Tinley who looked to be reprimanding her. Bella noticed him walking in and she gave him a huge smile.
"Dance with me," she said grabbing his hand. Instead he pulled her to him picking her up. The crowd cheered as he marched her upstairs to her bedroom. He walked over to her bed and dropped her. "What was that for?"
"Your parents are going to come home at any moment. Do you think we could start getting people out?"
She got on her knees crawling towards the edge of the bed where he was standing. "If you wanted to get people out, why did you bring me to my bedroom? What, you don't want me like Brian wants me? Are you a true Stevenson? My mother tells me that your father was just like Brian." She kissed him putting her arms around his neck. He held her to him hungrily tasting her. She pulled him on the bed with her. Her hands crawled up his shirt feeling his skin. Her touch scorched him.
"Bella Cates, you have a lot of explaining to do."
Bella was on the bed making out with Jase when her mother walked in.
"Bella Cates, you have a lot of explaining to do."
She got off the bed trying to fix her clothes and Jase tried to answer. "Ms. Cates, I can explain everything."
"Jase, I think you are the last person who should be talking right now."
Her mother looked like she was fuming. She could never tell how mad her mother was. Her dad on the other hand, she could tell how he was feeling all the time. "He didn't do anything wrong. I kissed him."
"I don't care who started what. I want you both downstairs now." She walked out not waiting for them to follow.
Downstairs she found her dad telling all the kids to get out and go home. Their heads were down not daring to look her father in the eye. They had a right to be scared. Jase gave her a half smile before filing into the crowd and out the door. "Look at this mess," he mother motioned to the house that was now in disarray. There were open liquor bottles everywhere and somehow a girl's bra was dangling from the light fixture. "I said no guests."
"No, you said no Brian but I didn't do this."
"Who did then Bella? Who would plan a party in someone else's house?"
She sighed turning her head. She could never talk to her mother. "You never believe me."
"Young lady, you are going to clean this house from top to bottom."
"Whatever," she whispered heading into the kitchen to get trash bags. It wasn't a surprise that her mother didn't believe her. They didn't get along very well. It wasn't because her mother was mean it was just normal mother daughter issues.
Halfway through cleaning the kitchen her dad walked in. "How you doing my girl?"
"Why aren't you freaking out?"
"I let your mother handle the freak out department. What's going on Bella?" He leaned against the island watching her work.
She couldn't understand what had happened. This morning all she wanted was time alone with her friends but what she got was an unexpected mess. "Dad, I don't know what happened. I really didn't invite these people."
"I know. You would be nervous if you were lying to me."
"I guess for once it is in my favor that my dad is a walking lie detector."
He laughed offering her his hand. "How about we leave this mess for now and I will help you in the morning?"
"Why can't mom be as cool as you?"
"Give your mom some slack. Someone dropped beer on her piano."
Bella walked into school on Monday and was stopped by Jase. "How did it go after I left?"
"My mom freaked out but my dad bailed me out." She started walking towards her locker. "I'm sorry about what happened in my bedroom. I was trying to get back at Brian. It had nothing to do with you." Jase was walking beside her but he could have been a thousand miles away. He was lost in thought and she wondered if he was mad about her making out with him. "We're friends I shouldn't have used you like that."
He grabbed her arm pulling her into an empty classroom. "I don't know if you don't see it or if you just don't care."
"What are you talking about?"
He pulled her closer putting his hand on her cheek. "I'm in love with you Bella. You think I would have kissed you if I didn't?"
"I though we were joking around."
He sat down on one of the stools," I let it be a joke because you were seeing my brother; which was not one of your better ideas." He grabbed her hand," choose me. Forget about my brother, I can make you happy."
She pulled her hand from his feeling off balance. How had she missed this? They had been friends for a long time. Over the years they had gotten so close that she had felt when he was going to flip for the first time. She had never told anybody that she knew but somehow she had felt it. "Jase, I just got out of a bad relationship with your brother. Our friendship means too much to me to waste it on a fling."
"That's what it would be to you? A fling?"
"I just can't do this right now. I think it would be better if we spent some time apart."
He got up walking towards the classroom door. "You run to my brother, a guy you know is going to hurt you but when it comes to someone who truly loves you, you run away. The truth is Bella you're afraid of this. You date guys like my brother because you know what you are going to get out of it. With us you would have to give your heart to me, and that scares you."
Jase walked out the door leaving her alone. There was a part of her that had wondered what it would be like to be with Jase. She had definitely gone through her crush stage with him but they were friends. What would they do if they broke up? He wasn't Brian. He was never going to use her. She was no better than Brian. She had used Jase to get back at him. Things were definitely going to get complicated between the two of them. If he even wanted her to be his friend anymore.