Scarlet, before you go through this, I want to remind you of September 7th, 1988. It was the first time that I saw you. You were reading Less Than Zero, and you were wearing a Guns ‘n’ Roses t-shirt. I’d never seen anything so perfect. I remember thinking that I had to have you or I’d die… then you whispered that you loved me at the homecoming dance, and I felt so peaceful… and safe… because I knew that no matter what happened, from that day on, nothing can ever be that bad… because I had you. And then I, uh… I grew up and I lost my way. And I blamed you for my failures. And I know that you think you have to do this today… but I don’t want you to. But I guess… if I love you, I should let you move on.
Warnings: Damon attacks Reader, Reader almost dies?
Zac had warned you to keep a distance when the brothers
came. Stefan was respectful enough to allow you privacy but Damon deemed you as
something he owned. Zac payed for your food, if tips had been low he’d forget
to remind you about the rent and, some weeks he simply refused to take it.
The little things that Zac did to look after you had Damon
firmly believing that you owed his family, despite Zac’s insistence that you didn’t.
Eventually Damon warmed up to you, often finding you curled up on one of the
sofa’s surrounded by college work, stuck on something that he’d deem trivial.
It became a small routine, you’d offer him copious amounts
of alcohol while he’d relay historic events or little facts, that had you
improving and pushing for a higher grade. Eventually Zac stopped warning you
away from the brothers, as if he’d accepted the oldest Salvatore had wormed his
way into your life.
I just got an email from said Cousin, and I’ve been given permission to
give out his name. Zac wrote a really short rough draft and I decided I
might as well share because it touches on some subjects I thought might
interest you all. I will show screen shots of the email for those who
may be skeptical (No one has claimed they are but just in case) and copy
and paste what is sent so you all can read it without an issue.
Zac was going to be on Ellen and he had invited me to come along. It was uncommon that he invited me. We’d been seeing each other for a few months not, but had kept it pretty secret. It was fun. Sneaking away at event and premieres to steel a kiss. I had been a fan of the show for a while and he knew this. Before he went on Ellen came to check on him in his dressing room and Zac decided to introduce us. I stuttered a little when Ellen reached out her hand, but she was super nice.
Later, I sat in the audience to watch the show. It was going really well. Zac was making some cute joke and Ellen was laughing. Then Ellen mention my name. “I met your girlfriend, (Y/N), backstage. She’s really cute. How long have you been dating?”
Zac tried to avoid the question. I smirked, knowing it was all for the camera. Ellen gave him a sly smile, “so, you’re dating.” Zac laughed and looked at me in the audience. Maybe we weren’t as sneaky as we thought.
Don’t you think if they were together there would be at leaat one pic? PR is so important to her. Somewhere I thought I read he was with some starkids. And it’s so quiet today.
The answer is maybe. I lean towards it being a staged evening where we were meant to believe they were together. Traci and Joe are always willing players and Traci knows posting a pic of Von Greasy gets her attention on her IG.
And we are further to believe that Chris was at Zac’s birthday party with Will (and of course Ashley as she is always the babysitter) based on his comment on Zac’s IG (again no photographic evidence).
But in reality, I believe, the boys got to celebrate Paddy’s Day together.
But the fact remains we can never say absolutely no. She does posts some events exclusively to her private IG (that we all expect to be made public before this mess ends). And some she reserves. Waits to post them until there is a dry spell and she desperately needs to prove how happy and in love they are!!!!!
I don’t know what this is lol I just started writing and this happened. It’s
way longer than I thought it would be. Sorry about that ahaha. It’s kind of a
bad habit. Also, the ending is a bit cheesy :P
can’t find Lilo.”
glanced up from my book in disbelief. Zachary stood above me with a deep pout
on his face. His bright blue eyes glittered with tears. Quickly, I pulled him
to me. “Hey, don’t cry. What do you mean you can’t find Lilo? I thought I saw
him waiting for you on the bench.” I could have sworn I had seen Liam’s hair…
shook his blond head. “No, that’s Phillip’s big brother, Jeffery. Lilo isn’t
here. Where is he Y/N?”
was no way that I was going to tell him that I didn’t know. That would trigger the waterworks for sure.
Instead, I set him on my hip and carried him out from underneath the bleachers.
The first person I spotted was Kira. “Hey!” I called, lightly jogging over to
her position by the goal. Liam had introduced me to his friends on the lacrosse
team a few weeks ago: Scott, the team captain; Kira, the very sweet girlfriend
of Scott; Stiles, a sarcastic dork. “Hey, sorry to interrupt, but have you seen
Liam anywhere? He’s Zachary’s ‘coach’ and, well… Zac can’t find him.”
dark eyes went wide and she bit down on her lower lip. “Um… I don’t think Liam’s
here today…” She mumbled something that strangely sounded a lot like, “It’s a
full moon tonight.”
I asked, confused.
She exclaimed with a nervous smile. Her fingers began to fiddle with the ends
of her pigtails. “Liam’s with Scott right now; they had some personal business
to take care of. But they’ll both be back on Wednesday! Until then, Zac can
work with Andy and I.” She gestured towards the freckle-faced kid on her right.
I drawled out. “That sounds good. Thanks. What do you think, Bub? Are you good
to work with Kira today?”
he nodded. Gingerly, I placed him on his feet. His little arms crossed. “I miss
Lilo.” He mumbled. Don’t we all, kiddo. Don’t we all.
was well after midnight when my cellphone began to ring. I paused the Xbox- I
was replaying World At War for probably
the millionth time- and swiped it off the coffee table. It wasn’t so much the
late hour that freaked me out. It was the name glowing across the top of my
screen that had my finger frantically sliding to answer.
Do you know what time it is? Where were you today?” I demanded in a furious
whisper. Mom was fast asleep, and I was sure Zac was knocked out, too.
good, you’re up.”
I scrunched my nose. “Why are you calling me on Liam’s phone? Is everything
yeah, everything’s just fine-” His response was cut off by a violent growl in
the background. I nearly jumped a foot in the air. “Okay, maybe everything’s not so fine. It’s
kind of hard to explain-” The growl sounded again, louder and filled with rage.
the hell is going on Stiles?” I practically shrieked into the phone.
I’ll explain later. I have a theory that I need to test. You have to come up to
Are you crazy? It’s almost 12:30!”
know, I know, it’s short notice. Please. You need to come to the school right
can’t be serious.”
make me beg. We don’t have time.”
was that sound I heard earlier?”
fine. I guess I’m begging. Here we go. Listen close ‘cause I don’t do this
often: beg, beg, beg, beg, beg.” The pissed off howls of anger drowned out the
sound of his pathetic pleading. I could hear Scott yelling, “Stiles! Would you
trying! She’s not budging!” Stiles bellowed back. Then he spoke again, but this
time his voice was closer, like he was speaking to me again. “Y/N, please. It’s
I whispered. That was the deciding factor. “Fine. I’m coming. I’ll be at the
school in ten minutes. I really hope, for your sake, Stiles, that this isn’t
some sick joke.” With that I hung up and started for my room, only to plow over
Zachary. “Bubba!” I murmured harshly. “What are you doing up?”
heard you talking about Lilo.” Zac answered with honest eyes. “I want to go see
him with you.” I didn’t have time to argue. I knew that whatever was going on
might be dangerous. Still, I didn’t want to leave Zac here, where he could
easily rat me out to Mom if she were to wake up.
I consented. “Go put on your shoes.”
soon as I parked, Zachary began to fumble with his seatbelts. “No, Bub.” I
reached back to stop his small hands with a gentle touch. “You need to stay in
want to go with you! I want to see Lilo too!” He wailed.
will!” I fought to keep my voice from rising. The last thing I needed was for
Zac to have a meltdown. I’m anxious enough. “I’m going to go get Liam. He’s
going to come out here and then he will see you.”
thought that over. I waited to see what he had to say, but when I realized it
had been almost 30 minutes since I had last talked to Stiles, I hurriedly
un-did my seatbelt. “I’ll be back in a second.” I promised.
why are we at the school?”
don’t know, Bub. That’s what I’m about to find out.”
why is Stiles running to our car?”
I whirled my head around. Sure enough, Stiles was rushing over to us, the gym door
slamming shut behind him. I hopped out to greet him. “Where is-”
walked right past me. “You brought the kid?” He asked, his voice holding an
accusatory tone. “Why the hell would you do that?”
I groaned. “Because I didn’t know what else to do with him!”
about leave him with his mother? Do
you have any idea how dangerous it is
I don’t, because you wouldn’t tell me!”
then, the piercing sound of metal being ripped apart filled the humid night
air. Ferocious snarls followed, and the pounding of rapid feet across the
ground. Before I could even turn around fully, Stiles was shoving me behind
him. “Liam, don’t!” He yelled. The hammering of running feet slowed. The snarls
turned to heavy grunts and deep breaths. Cautiously, I peered around Stiles.
was Liam- sort of. His eyes weren’t the same beautiful blue anymore. They
glowed like yellow fire, bright against the new hair that had sprouted across
his face and illuminating his now elongated ears. My breath caught in my throat
when I noticed the tiny knives protruding from his fingertips… wait… those were
claws… and his teeth…
voice echoed through my head, “It’s a
full moon tonight.”
Oh my… Liam…
couldn’t even finish the thought. Everything felt like it was happening in slow
motion. Liam threw aside Stiles carelessly. Scott was yelling somewhere, and
Stiles started screaming, too. It was hard for me to comprehend anything. All I
that was going through my mind were endless self-defense moves that would probably
be useless against Liam… ‘cause he’s a…
Focus! Right! I situated my feet in the
correct positions, made my fist, and took a deep breath. Liam stalked toward me
like a wolf hunting his prey. How ironic.
the unthinkable happened. I know, what a thing to say when your crush turns out
to be a werewolf and is about to kill you.
banged his tiny palms against the windows of the car. “Lilo!” He commanded. “Lilo
stop! That’s not nice! You’re scaring Y/N.”
turned to the window. In that instant, all his features softened. His eyes
flickered, and then were baby blue. His hair, claws, and teeth retracted. His
ears shrunk. Then he stared at me with a trembling lower lip. “Oh my… Y/N I’m
so, so sorry…” Liam was barely audible as he began to stumble backwards.
no you don’t, buddy boy.
even considering the consequences, I rushed forward and brought Liam into a
tight hug. He squirmed, trying desperately to shake my arms off, but I refused.
“Don’t,” I muttered into his hair. “It’s okay. It’s over.”
called an Anchor.” Liam mumbled, not meeting my eyes. “Basically, an Anchor is
someone or something that ties you to your humanity. It brings you back when
the anger takes over.”
sat beside him in the shade under the bleachers. We hadn’t talked for a few
weeks, mainly because neither of us knew what to say. It’s surprisingly hard to
strike up a civil conversation with someone who at one time tried to kill you.
peered through the small openings of the bleachers at Zachary. Scott had called
a ten minute break from lessons. Zac had taken advantage of this opportunity,
hungrily devouring the snack Kira had given him, and talking enthusiastically
Zac… he’s your Anchor?” I tried to make my question sound casual, but because
the subject was so personal, it sounded snoopy.
scratched the back of his head. “Yeah, I guess so.”
weird.” I declared.
know.” Liam replied. “I think so too. It’s not something that I can control
though. It just happens on its own. I wish it didn’t have to be him…”
now every full moon you’ll need him.” I finished. Liam pursed his lips and
slowly shook his head, saying, “Not necessarily. Only until I get my shifting
until then… you need him.”
paused. It seemed like he didn’t know how to respond. Fine. He didn’t have to.
I had some things that I wanted to say anyway.
Scott told me that you’re still beating yourself up over what happened before
Zac yelled at you. And I know you probably won’t believe me, but I refuse to
think that I’m wasting my breath because you need to hear this, whether you’re
listening or not: what happened that night is over and done with. There’s nothing
we can do about it now, so unless you have some strange desire to be mopey all
the time, forget about it. You didn’t hurt me. It won’t happen again because
Zac will be there to whip you into shape. So please…” My voice broke at the
end. “Please just look at me. Once.”
head jerked my direction almost instantaneously. My heart pounded at the sight
of his eyes. Damn. “Thank you.” I whispered. Then I felt ridiculous so I moved
on to my next topic. “Scott also told me something else. And he said for you to
listen to my heart to see if I’m lying, whatever that means.” I brushed aside
the confusing words. I had pretty much given up trying to understand all this
I am not afraid of you.” I watched his face carefully, studied the way his eyes
darted down to my chest and then back up to my face. Gradually, like I was
trying to sneak up on a deer, I scooted closer to him. Liam didn’t move away,
which I considered a good sign. My hand came up to cup his cheek, making him
shudder. His eyes were locked on mine as I came close enough to feel his breath
on my lips. “So you don’t have to be scared.” I soothe. Then I kissed him. And
get this- he kissed me back.
practice, Liam, Zac, and I decided to go out for ice cream. Zachary, of course,
became a sticky-fingered fudge monster within the first few minutes of
receiving the delicious treat. Liam, naturally, consumed his three scoops in
probably the same number of seconds. And I, being the nerd I am, ate slowly,
savoring every sweet bite.
Zac,” Liam carefully stacked their paper bowls together, pushing them off to
the side. “I wanted to talk to you about the other night.”
popped his index finger out of his mouth. Most kids suck their thumbs when they’re
tired. My brother sucks his pointer finger. “What night Lilo? When you turned
and I exchanged glances. “Um, yeah…” Liam said, as I chimed, “Sure, why not?”
Liam cleared his throat and gave Zac a small smile. “Look, buddy, you can’t
tell anyone that I can turn into… Stitch, okay? That’s a secret. No one can
know about it.”
thinking for a moment, Zac nodded. “Okay.” He said simply. Then he yawned. “Can
we listen to Danger Zone in the car?”