A/N: Hi everyone, it's been a really long time! Lots of things have changed since then: I'm now in university studying kinesiology! Recently, in between homework, I've been getting back into the vibe of fanfiction-writing, so I came up with many ideas for my next fanfic work. However, I realized that I left this one hanging and needed up finish it up before I started another fic. Anyway, despite my lack of writing in the past few months, I hope this chapter will go smoothly for you guys.
Disclaimer: I don't own Darkest Powers
Chapter 6: Derek III
A stirring from inside me woke me up. Snarling a yawn, I opened my eyes to look around me. A quick recall of events reminded me that we were stranded outside. We were still inside the snow cave, but I could see some light from the mouth of the cave, which told me that it was no longer night. As I shifted, I felt a small weight on my side, leaning against me. Turning my head, I saw that Chloe had curled up against me, still asleep. Her sleeping face showed her innocence and her trust in my ability to keep her safe. She looked free of any worry and peaceful. If I wasn't a wolf, I swore I would have smiled.
Speaking of being a wolf, I felt the twitch in my muscles again. Hearing the silence that enveloped us, I knew that the snowstorm was over and there would most likely be a search team out looking for us. Of course, if we were found like this, obviously there would be several questions regarding why a girl was sleeping next to a wolf. Definitely needed to Change back. Glancing to my side, Chloe was still asleep and I didn't want to wake her. But learning from past experience, I knew that you can't go against nature. If I tried to evade my Change, eventually it'll force itself through, no matter the circumstances. Gently, I wriggled my body from under Chloe's sleeping figure and hear a small noise of complaint. Looking back, Chloe was now propped up against the cold ice wall. Obviously, she felt the lack of warmth. I gently tapped her forehead with my muzzle in apology.
Satisfied that she was still asleep, I made my way out of the cave and winced at the bright light that reflected off the snow. After having a few seconds to adjust, I trudged my way through into a clearing to being Changing. Laying on all fours, I lowered my head and concentrated on being human again.
Changing from wolf to human wasn't any less painful than the other way around. Only this time, it felt as though everything was in reverse. My body temperature rose as my muscles bunched up and squirmed underneath my skin. A scream threatened to escape my throat, but I kept my voice of agony at a minimum. Sampling the air, I knew that there wasn't anyone close at the moment, but there wasn't much out here to block off any sound, so I had to keep it down. The skin on my body began to stretch as my bones grinded against each other, determined to get back to their own place. It was an excruciating ten minutes, but after that final lurch, I was human again.
Exhausted, I rested on all fours, gasping for air as though I had run a marathon. I didn't feel the cold despite being naked. My internal body temperature took care of that. Hair was plastered to my face and I took a handful of new-fallen snow to wash my face. Finally, after my body had calmed down somewhat, I went back to the snow cave.
As my body cooled down, I began to shiver at the cold that surrounded us. Quickly, I began to dress myself. I pulled on my boxers and then as I tugged on my jeans, I heard a stirring behind me. "D-derek?" Chloe mumbled.
"Yeah." I zipped my pants before reaching for my shirt.
Looking around, I saw that it was next to Chloe. She gave me a sleepy smile. "Good morning," she greeted as she handed me my shirt.
"Thanks." I returned her smile. "Good morning to you too."
As I added the final layers of clothing, I saw that Chloe was studying me. "What's up?" I asked as I sat down facing her.
"I remember being really cold last night," she said. "But then I wasn't... You Changed for me, didn't you?"
I shrugged. "It's no big deal; you were freezing."
Gratefulness filled her baby blue eyes as she looked at me. "Thank you, Derek," Chloe said softly with a small smile.
"It was nothing."
As I shifted to find a more comfortable position, I felt a lump in my pocket. Wordlessly, I reached in and pulled out the object. As I uncurled my hand, I saw that it was the necklace that I had given Chloe. "My necklace!" Chloe exclaimed as she reached over for it. "I remember finding it last night, but I thought that I lost it again when I lost consciousness."
I gave her a small smile. "Nah, you were holding it in a death grip when I found you," I told her as I studied the necklace again. "The clasp seems to be broken, but I think I can fix it when we get back."
Chloe nodded her thanks as she positioned herself next to me. We sat there in a comfortable silence before I thought I heard a voice. "Hold on, I think I hear something," I told Chloe as I rose to look outside.
At first I didn't see anything, but my nose told me otherwise. A familiar scent drifted downwind towards me. "Dad!" I shouted, my voice echoing around me.
I scanned the area, but no sign of him. But I could smell his scent, which meant that he was out here somewhere. "Mr. Bae's here?" Chloe crawled her way out of the cave.
"I think so. The wind is carrying his scent."
Chloe cupped her hands around her mouth. "Hey! Mr. Bae!" she called out. "We're here!"
Still no reply. "They're probably too far away to hear us," I murmured. "C'mon, let's get out of the forest and climb back up for a better chance."
Slowly, we made our way uphill, but it wasn't as easy as it had been when going downhill. Thanks to the new fallen snow from last night's snowstorm, going back the way we came proved to be rather difficult. Behind me, I could hear Chloe struggle as her footsteps sunk into the snow. Panting hard, I slowed my pace to wait for her. "You doing okay?" I asked.
Chloe's cheeks were apple red from the cold as she nodded her reply. "F-fine. Keep going."
Along the way, we called out to be heard, but unfortunately, there was no reply. "I'm sure I caught Dad's scent," I murmured as I lifted my face to the wind.
Inhaling deeply, I caught his scent again. The wind blew from the north, so he had to be up there somewhere. "Dad!" I cupped my hands around my mouth and shouted again.
Panting, Chloe doubled over to regain her breath. "Still nothing," she said as she looked up at me.
I nodded. "But I think we're getting-"
A voice in the distance interrupted me. My head whipped around to face the direction of the sound. "We're over here!" I shouted.
Looking in the distance, a familiar figure showed up at the top of the slope. "Derek! Chloe!" Dad's voice called down to us.
In no time at all, our search crew came down to pick us up. Dad gave me a quick embrace as soon as he got close enough. "Thank god you two are safe!" he exclaimed as he looked from Chloe to me.
Chloe gave him a small smile. "Derek should get the credit for that," she replied as she eyed me.
I shrugged. "Let's just go back; I'm starving," I grunted in response and Chloe's smile widened. "Me too."
We rode back to the ski resort on snow mobiles and it ended a lot faster than my trip out yesterday night. As soon as we got to the foyer, we were greeted by Chloe's aunt and everyone else. "Chloe!" her aunt cried out as she rushed forward to pull her niece into a tight hug. "What were you thinking?"
"I'm really sorry, Aunt Lauren," Chloe said quietly as she returned the embrace.
As we let the two of them have their quick reunion, Simon flashed me a blaze of a grin and he slapped my back. "Awesome bro. I knew you could do it," he commented as Tori stepped up to his side.
"Excuse me? And who was the one who was fretting all night long?"
Simon turned to jab her in the ribs, but Tori saw the move coming and dodged easily. "Whatever. You were worried too. You just won't admit it."
I rolled my eyes as I turned my back to their endless bickering. Nice to know that some things never changed. While Dad went to speak with Mr. Jackson, Dr. Fellows released Chloe and turned to me. "Derek, thank you so much for bringing Chloe back safely. I don't know what I would have done if something had happened."
"It's no big deal," I mumbled back, unsure of what to say.
Thankfully, I was spared an awkward response as a low stomach rumbling broke the silence. I turned to raise an eyebrow at Chloe, whose cheeks were tinted with a small hint of blush. Dad chuckled as he returned from his conversation with Amelia's uncle. "It seems that we should put off our celebrations and first have some food in our system," he said with a smile. And with that, we sped off to grab breakfast.
A few days later...
After returning home, it wasn't too long before one of Dad's associates invited him and everyone else over to a Christmas party held at his house. However, Chloe was unable to attend due to the reason that she had caught a cold when she stayed out all night on the mountain. And so, I said that I would stay behind to keep her company while everyone else went. "I'll be okay, Aunt Lauren. You guys have fun without us," Chloe said when they were hesitant about leaving.
Dr. Fellows hesitated for a brief moment but then smiled at her niece. "All right then. Just phone us if there's any problem," she replied before giving her niece a brief hug and headed out the door to join Simon and Tori in the car.
Just as Dad left, he gave me a knowing look that obvious said something among the lines of 'I'd trust you two to behave appropriately while we are gone, or else Lauren will have my head!' I rolled my eyes at him but gave him a smile. "Have a good time."
And with that, the door closed and the two of us were left alone in the house on Christmas eve. "Well, I'm going to see if there's anything worth watching on tv. You joining me?" Chloe asked as she sniffled.
"Yeah, but I'll come down in a bit. There's something I need to do first," I told her as she nodded and left for the living room.
I climbed the stairs and went back into my room. Once there, I took out Chloe's necklace from my ski jacket and laid it out on the table. Then bringing out my mini toolkit, I slowly pried the broken clasp from the necklace and bent a piece of wire into a makeshift clasp before reattaching it to the necklace. It took several attempts, but like the saying goes, the third time was the charm. Although it wasn't as nice as it originally looked, it seemed pretty good to me. I slid the necklace into my pocket and headed for the stairs.
The buttery smell of popcorn filled the air as bubbly, cheerful music floated from the living room. It was so sickening sweet that I swore that I could have tasted it. Definitely not my type of movie. Usually not Chloe's either, but I guessed that there was nothing else to watch but Christmas specials. Deciding that I could excuse my absence from the living room for a few moments longer, I slipped into the kitchen and whipped up two mugs of steaming hot chocolate.
At the creak of the door, Chloe's head turned as she smiled at the sight of hot chocolate. "Thanks," she sniffed as she took her mug gracefully.
I placed my mug on the coffee table and sat down beside her. "You shouldn't sit so close; you'll catch my cold," Chloe added with a frown.
I gave her an amused smile. "I'm a werewolf, remember? I'm immune to most illnesses," I reminded her.
Chloe's frown turned into a scowl. "That's unfair. You have all the cool powers such as being super strong, super hearing, super sight, super smell and super immune system. I get hauntings," she mumbled.
I chuckled softly. "That may be so, but if you ever came upon the ghost of someone famous, you could talk to them. What I wouldn't give to be able to have a nice chat with Isaac Newton."
Chloe sneezed and rolled her eyes at me. "You're such a science nerd," she commented.
I rested my arm around her as she leaned against me and sipped her hot chocolate quietly. The two of us remained in comfortable silence as we watched the sappy Christmas special. Finally, it was Chloe who spoke first, "It's Christmas Day now,"
I nodded as I removed my arm from its position. "Hang on," I said as Chloe sat up and looked at me, puzzled.
I slipped my hand into my pocket and pulled out the moon-star necklace. Wordlessly, I turned Chloe around so that her back faced me. Following suite, Chloe pulled her hair forward so that the back of her neck was exposed to me. Gently, I unhooked the necklace clasp and rejoined them again once the necklace was around Chloe's necklace. When that was done, Chloe turned to face me again, this time with the necklace that I gave her around her neck. She shot me a brilliant smile as she leaned in for a kiss.
I placed my hands around her waist as she wrapped hers around my neck and kissed me softly. When she broke the kiss, I made a small noise of complaint. Chloe laughed as she settled under the crook of my arm. "You taste sweet like hot chocolate," she noted.
"So do you," I replied.
Another light laugh. "Merry Christmas, Derek."
I leaned down and kissed her forehead. "Merry Christmas to you too, Chloe."
A/N; Well, that's it! After this fanfic, I think that Derek's POV is quite challenging to do, but it was a nice change. However, I think I should mainly stick with Chloe, since she is more relatable to me (that was also a reason why it took so long haha). But I'm happy that I finished this fanfic. But of course, it wouldn't have been completed without the support of you guys. Here's a shoutout to all of my reviewers! (in no particular order):
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Summary: [AU] Chloe is a transfer student for Lyle Academy, which is known for their special duo programs: Gen-Ed and Arts-Ed. However, due to the reason that she transferred late, the dorm rooms are all filled with the exception of one: Derek Souza's.