All the boys and Annabelle moved downstairs, and took a seat around the room. Lyle looked around the room, his face showing little emotion. He parted his lips as he began to speak, "A group of vampires are in town. A group of five. Two men, three female. I've spoken to them, asked them their reason for being here." He paused, "They're here for Annabelle. They want her to join them."
Annabelle cocked her head curiously "What?" she spoke softly, and Joseph clenched his fists. "I won't let them take her." He snarled. A smirk made it's way onto Annabelles face. "Oh, really, Seph? Cause I coulda sworn you've been wanting me dead." Josephs eyes narrowed slightly, glaring at her.
Lyle put his hand on Josephs shoulder, "Don't worry, son. I won't let them take her." He turned to Annabelle, "You'll have to go into hiding, okay? We don't want these vampires getting a hold of you, they're not new borns like you. They've been around a while." he spoke calmly and softly.
"Joseph, Tanner." He looked at the two boys, "I'm ordering you two to watch her." Annabelle shook her head, "But-"
"But nothing, Annabelle. They're the youngest out of the pack, I need the more experienced guys in the pack to help me, and they're more closer to you than me, Heath and Alaric. And what I say, goes." He turned his attention to Heath and Alaric, "We will meet up with the group, and work something out."
Tanner pipes up, "I know where we can hide her." he looked at Annabelle, a slight smile on his face. "I'm sure you do." Joseph mumbled.
"Go ahead." Lyle nodded at the three, excusing them, at the same time looking at Tanner and Joseph warningly. They didn't need them fighting when Annabelle needed protection.
Tanner smiled, taking Annabelle by the hand, walking out of the room, Joseph following. He was leading them to a safe house in the forest, underground.
"You know, you don't need to hold her hand the whole way." Joseph mentioned, rolling his eyes slightly. "I'm sure she doesn't mind, right?" He looked at Annabelle, who faintly replied with a "Mhm." She was far too stressed and distracted to actually pay attention to what he said. Tanner then smirks, "I can hold more than your hand if you want." and holds onto her hand a bit tighter, looking at her lovingly from the side, moving a little closer. Joseph growled a bit, following them as they reached the woods, where Annabelle needs to be carried to drown her scent with one of the werewolves.
Joseph quickly scoops up Annabelle, but Tanner still holds her hand. Finally, Annabelle comes into focus and looks at Joseph, then Tanner. "What are we here for?"
"We need to put you into hiding, love." Tanner spoke softly, as Annabelle finally noticed their hands. She pulled hers away, absent mindedly gripping onto Joseph.
Tanner frowned slightly, then shrugged as they arrived at the safe house. They make there way inside, and Joseph sits Annabelle on the couch, patting her shoulder comfortingly. "It'll be okay." He says in a soothing voice, and she looked up at him, her eyes showing worry and fear. She breathed in, taking in his sweet scent, then nodded.
Tanner looked at the two jealously, shaking his head.
"How long do we stay here?" Annabelle asked, sitting back on the couch. "Until the other vampires are gone." Joseph replied, making his way over to the kitchen, looking into the fridge. It was stocked full, as well as the cupboards. They wouldn't have to leave here unless necessary. "Ah.. well, I'm going to nap. Night guys." She made her way down the hall, into a bedroom, shutting the door behind her.
"Look, I don't know what you're pulling, but you have to stop it." Joseph sent a glare in Tanners direction. "Stop what?" Tanner raised an eyebrow, crossing his arms. "Stop.. stop flirting with her." He mumbled, turning his back on Tanner. "Oh and why should I do that? Is someone," he smirked, walking closer, "Jealous?"
"Not in the slightest, Tanner." Joseph said quickly, wanting to avoid this subject; but knowing Tanner, he'd keep on it until he got an acceptable answer. "Just shut up, okay?" Joseph slammed the cabinet door. "Why are you even flirting with her? She's not interested in you." He turned to face the younger male. "...How do you know that?" he looked hurt, taken aback. "I..." he cursed under his breath.
"I just fell in love with her, okay?" he said softly, then the hurt whiped from his face, walking down the hall to the room to check on Annabelle.
Tanner knocked once, then opened the door. "Annabelle?" he whispered. "Yeah, I'm awake Tanner." she looked at him, curled up on the bed. Tanner sat down on her bed, smiling slightly. "You can lay down if you want." Annabelle spoke softly, looking up at him. He then shifted his body, laying close to her. He gazed into her eyes, touching her cheek lightly. "You feeling okay?" he asked, his voice light. She nodded, grabbing his hand pulling it away from her face, but instead of letting go, she twined her fingers with his. "Yeah, I'm fine."
Tanner looked at their hands, a small smile on his face. He returned his look at Annabelle, and noticed she was falling asleep. He tugged her body a bit closer, so her body was against his. She curled into him, making him blush. He kissed the top of her head, "I love you, even if you don't love me." he mouthed, closing his eyes.
Joseph sat at the counter, thinking. He tapped his foot, staring at the wall. He didn't mean to hurt Tanners feelings.. but this weird feeling over comes him when Tanner starts flirting with Annabelle. She killed Carolyn, but did he really love Carolyn? Or was she just a temporary love? He wasn't sure, he didn't feel the same way for Carolyn, how he does Annabelle. Oh, who was he kidding? "Abey's just a friend.." he mumbled to himself.
He stood, and walked to the bedroom. He opened the door, seeing Tanner and Annabelle on the bed. A quick flush of anger went through his body, but he shook his head. "Tanner, what the hell are you doing?" He crossed his arms. "She invited me in...She was cold."
Joseph gazed at him for a while, then shrugged. "Move the blanket, I want to be on the other side of her." Tanner did as he said, and moved the blanket over. Joseph then took his place on the other side of Annabelle. "So, why do you want to be next to her? hm?" Tanner said, ducking his head to Annabelle's ear, rubbing his nose against her skin, with narrowed eyes at Joseph.
Joseph looked at Tanner, then Annabelle. "She'll feel safer with the both of us by her side protecting her." he responded smoothly, hoping Tanner would accept that answer. Tanner nodded slightly, "Okay." He closed his eyes, resting them. "It's late, we should get some rest." Tanner opened his eyes. looking at Joseph.
"Go ahead." he replied, studying Annabelles small figure, and Tanner drifted off to sleep, keeping his light grip on the small female.