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The lights of the city had flashed past, Sophia trying to distract… 
1st-Apr-2006 10:12 pm
Sophia, Monochrome
The lights of the city had flashed past, Sophia trying to distract herself with them but the new smells invading her sense, heightened as they were, meant she had difficulty remaining calm. Instead she felt edgy, fingers fidgetting and twisting as they sped through the dark. She felt warm, her skin prickling at times. Her fingers scratched at it in places, leaving red welts when Matt noticed, his own hand reaching out from the wheel and taking hers, holding on to them. She'd look up at him, about to pull them away angrily but stopping when she saw the concern in his eyes. Now she didn't even need to see what he could see. She could feel it.

All the dreams she'd had, all the nights she'd woken in a tangled mess, sheets wrapped around limbs, body on the floor in a painful twisted heap were starting to come to her while she was awake. Flashes of the forest that surrounded Wolf Lake, mist, shadows, the voices in her ears were becoming more real.

Her fingers tightened on Matt's at one point when she realised she'd been trying to pull away again but he'd retained his firm hold on her. Instead, to try and distract herself from the sudden urge to throw the door of the car open and get out she pressed her feet into the floor and her back into the seat. She felt the overwhelming urge to move, to run, to be moving without the car, without help, just... run. A whimper sounded as she fought it, her eyes squeezing shut as her head pressed back into the headrest of the car.

"Luke." His face swam into her mind, eyes piercing her, the flecks of gold in them readily visible as he looked directly into hers. "Help me, Luke," she muttered, head rolling from side to side as the car continued through the night.
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2nd-Apr-2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Any doubts he had about taking his daughter to Lucas Cates abandoned Matt's mind as he followed the map out of the city and into the countryside. He was doubly glad he hadn't given into the second thoughts he'd entertained as the plane had landed about turning it around and going home. All that mattered now was finding Vivian's son before it was too late.

He kept his eyes on the road as much as possible but he couldn't help his frequent glances to the passenger seat or down to where his free hand gripped Sophia's strongly, to ensure she didn't damage herself more than she already had with the scratching. "Hang on honey, I promise we're almost there."

Checking the GPS map he almost shouted with relief as it indicated the turn off coming up just on their right. "Finally."

The car slowed and turned at his command and he gunned the engine slightly, the car leaping down the private drive, taking them toward Creed's compound. "We're here honey, just another minute or too."
2nd-Apr-2006 01:38 am (UTC)
A prickle of awareness and warning skittered over Luke's shoulders and back, stopping him in mid-stride. He coupldn't place the feeling he was experiencing in that moment, almost as if he'd heard someone say his name. Almost as if....

"Sophia?" No it couldn't be. He was just missing her, that was all. He made a mental note to call her later to check on her and was about to get something to eat when he picked up on the sound of car coming down the entry lane.

Turning, he looked to the edge of the clearing, wondering who the late comer was.
2nd-Apr-2006 02:48 am (UTC)
Kaycee stepped aside as Sophia's father came around the car.

"There's a room ready for me that you're welcome to use," she told Luke and Matt. "If you want to use the house, or I can get blankets and bring them to where Brett can show you in the the woods over there," she indicated, pointing in the opposite direction from the clearing where the fire was.
2nd-Apr-2006 02:55 am (UTC)
"Separate houses, I'd suggest."

If Luke does a good job of it, Sophia should be shrieking and howling before this is over. As amusing at it would be to watch Matt while that was going on, Creed didn't think Sophia would be delighted to discover the circumstances afterward. As of the morning, there should be a brand new female wolfen, one who was feeling constrained back home. It wouldn't hurt to court Sophia into staying around here when this was over rather than going home.

"Brett can take the kids down to the bachelor house. Matt can stay with Buddy and Linda in the guest room if you don't mind Kaycee." Having Buddy sitting on Matt for the night would be a good idea.

2nd-Apr-2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Sophia felt Luke's arms grip her and lift, almost as if she weighed nothing. A flash of the night she threw Luke across the bonnet of his car flashed into her mind, the feeling of strength she'd had at that moment returning. She buried her face in his neck, inhaling his scent as she breathed. While the pain didn't ease it seemed a little more bearable, and she controlled the need to writhe.

Her eyes flew open again as she felt a cool hand on her forehead, the woman in front of them a stranger, but something about her familiar. She was about to ask who she was when she turned and started up toward a house.

"Who's she?" she asked Luke quietly.
2nd-Apr-2006 03:44 am (UTC)
A smile crossed Luke's face as he felt Sophia relax, if only slightly into his arms. The smile widened as she looked in the direction of Kaycee. At least she was still somewhat lucid. That would make things easier.

"She's Creed's brand new shaman. Her name's Kaycee." He leaned down and kissed her forehead, then followed the shaman towards the house before continuing. "Why didn't you tell me? Did you really think you were going to be able to hold off the flip forever?"
7th-Apr-2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Standing at the door to the room Kaycee could see the shadow envelope Sophia as the young woman pulled away from Luke and curled up. The look on Luke's face was enough for her to step into the room and cross to the bed.

"What's happened to her?" she asked him, the depth of Sophia's fear was not something new, it was almost a lifelong resistance, carrying the strength of being deep-rooted in the young woman's psyche.

"Why is her resistance so strong?" It wasn't necessary to add that the resistance would kill her.
7th-Apr-2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
A small shake of the head was all Luke could manage for long moments. He was at a loss, Sophia's fear igniting his. He was going to lose her if he didn't get her to snap out of this and that was scaring the hell out of him.

Finally he took a deep breath and let it out, turning to Kaycee with a small shrug and a shake of his head, "I'm not sure. But I have a good idea."

"Her father hasn't flipped in her whole life. He married a "normal" girl. He even runs a freaking 12 step "how not to be a wolf" class back home."

One hand curled into a fist and struck out at the door, swinging it back hard on it's hinges, "This has got to be about him. He's holding her back still. Just like he has her whole life."

Turning he looked down at Sophia, slumping against the wall as he did. His eyes darkened in fear and anger as he took in her scared, shaking form. Slowly, his eyes moved away from her and over to the Shaman. "I can't help her. I can't help her fight this. My whole life has been about embracing who I am not denying it. She needs her father. She needs him to tell her it's ok."

He straightened, determined to fix this. "Stay with her ok? I'm going to knock some sense into a certain Sheriff."

Leaving the house he jogged down the steps, stopping as he took in the altercation about to take place between Creed and Donner. The old man had finally let his wolf free. Either that or the wolf had set itself free.

Either way he didn't have time to deal with a pissing match between the two enemies. He approached them quickly, his eyes glowing. He thought about what had happened when Presley had brought him here, how loud her mind calling had been and figured it was worth a shot.

Stopping and closing his eyes he focused all his energy on the two wolves about to attack each other and "yelled" in what he hoped was a "voice" loud enough to raise the dead, ENOUGH! THIS IS NOT HELPING!

OOC: Enough to raise the dead. Hope it didn't wake the kids! LOL
8th-Apr-2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Sophia's mind was struggling in the darkness that had engulfed it, the whispers and sound of Luke's voice having been muffled by it. Again she started to writhe a little as her body fought the shadow, but her mind pulled it tighter around herself, as if using it to protect her from what was going on.

When Kaycee's hands touched her she had no idea what it was, other than it was like a cooling kiss from the breeze that flowed in the forest. It didn't fight the shadow, just passed through it instead. Just as she started to relax she was suddenly hit by the amplified message from Creed.

Her body was swamped with the energy. Her mind flashed images of Luke, of the first time he flipped for her, the sense of freedom and joy of running, watching him move effortlessly along the forest floor. But there was also a flash of something else.

Acceptance.

Being one of the pack.

And that was almost heady...
8th-Apr-2006 03:19 am (UTC)
Luke felt the sensation of the images Creed had sent out to Kaycee and he hoped they would help.

In the limited amount of time he'd known Kaycee he could well imagine that if anyone could get through to Sophia, it would be Tyler's beautiful shaman.

A newfound respect for the leader of this clan came to him. And he wondered for the first time if Tyler hadn't grown up just a bit since he moved out of Wolf Lake. It certainly was beginning to look that way. Especially since he was doing more for Matt Donner's daughter than her own father at this point.

He sent his own thoughts to Sophia as he stood out in front of the house, waiting for the two combatants in front of him to acknowledge his presence.

He only hoped she could pick up on them, that they would help. Tyler's right Soph. That's how it will be. It won't be like you've been taught. You just have to let it happen. Don't fight it.
9th-Apr-2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Kaycee could feel Sophia accepting the energy, the message from Tyler, and started to focus more of the same. She almost breathed a sigh of relief when the young woman's head moved and turned, her eyes open and looking up at the shaman.

"Welcome back," she said gently, not sure how long this reprise would last, or if in fact it was. Sophia's eyes glowed golden, so the wolf was not far from making its first claim on her.
9th-Apr-2006 12:45 am (UTC)
"Where am I? Who are you?" Sophia scrambled to pull herself up the bed, looking around for Luke, wondering where he and her father were then looking down at her body. A wave of relief rushed over her as she saw that she was 'normal'.
9th-Apr-2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Kaycee saw the shadow wind around Sophia again, a moment of hesitation before the young woman again wrapped herself in it, and pulled away from the wolf next to her.

Tyler.... !

Before she'd had a chance to continue she again received a push from him, and quickly moved to the edge of the bed, not wasting time with words to Sophia's father. Tyler's energy, a repeat of earlier but with more focus, more intensity this time, hit her. This time she was ready and felt the 'freedom' and 'acceptance', in fact a very enticing sensual sensation, and she quickly placed her hands on Sophia, exhaling as it started to flow into her too. Through it all she sensed Luke at the doorway, and turned to look at him quickly, keeping her hands in place.

"Come here," she instructed him, indicating for him to join them. "Quickly. Kiss her, now!" she told him, wanting to reinforce the energy from Tyler with Luke's familiar touch and presence. She looked across at Matt.

"And you just wait!"
9th-Apr-2006 03:52 am (UTC)
The last thing Luke wanted was to try to initiate Sophia's flip now that her father was in the room but he had to believe that kaycee knew what she was doing. At least he hoped she did, otherwise they were all in trouble.

Moving in close to the bed, he leaned over Sophia, capturing her mouth with his, his hands stroking her arms and shoulders. Sophia, I'm right here with you.
9th-Apr-2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Again a feeling totally different to anything she'd experienced before cut through the shadow and fear, the whispers in her head gathering into a howl that sang in every cell of her body. Her arms reached up as she felt the warmth of Luke's lips on hers, reached up and wrapped around his neck as she felt him, heard him, and wanted him.

The shadow was still there, but weaker, the edges fraying under the assault of the energy from Creed, Kaycee and Luke. Instead of pulling it around herself this time she tried to push it away, not sure why or even if she could. But the need was strong now, the urge to drap herself around Luke, to be with him growing stronger. She heard his voice.

Need you, Luke!
10th-Apr-2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Forcing down the relief that wanted to overwhelm him, Luke fought to keep himself in the present, his arms closing around Sophia and pulling her closer.

He shut out everything and everyone else, his mind focusing solely on the petite woman in his arms, knowing he couldn't afford to be distracted in any way.

I need you too Sophia. I want you so much.
10th-Apr-2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Matt had one part of this right. Male wolves could prowl on the edges of this event, wolf-skewed minds were fine in vicinity, but the last thing Sophia needed was any naked men wandering around. She needed to have that portion of her perceptions focused on Luke.

Outside the room, Tyler tried a mental flick at the corners of Matt's perceptions. Creed pinged Donner with the image of the deepest, richest parts of forest around Wolf Lake and tried to remind the older man of the pleasures of being barely flipped and the pleasure of running like a wild thing through the undergrowth. A nice background buzz of the joys of wolfen bodies would be better than letting Donner dwell on what was going on with Sophia and Luke.

Something more precise is offered to Kaycee. *Cool water on her if she struggles, but mostly leave it to Luke.*
10th-Apr-2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Kaycee felt the roiling energy that was now working on Sophia, and stood up, moving away from the bed. It seemed the shadow was losing it's hold over her and she looked at the other wolf. Whatever the situation with Sophia now, it was time she and the wolf waited outside, close enough if needed, but out of the way.

She jerked her head toward the door and silently turned to leave the room, a final glance over her shoulder to make sure the wolf was following.

She wasn't sure where Tyler was as she came out of the room She ran her fingers through her hair, her skin feeling a tingling sensation from the energy that had built up. As the wolf came out she pulled the door closed behind him, but not shutting it, just in case.
12th-Apr-2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Still frightened of the shadow, a deep-seated dread of it struggling to overcome the enticement of the sensations and feelings of the wolf, and what she'd felt rush through her, Sophia clung to Luke. The whispering voices started again, as if they'd never stopped, just been shielded from her, pushed away, by the shadow.

Luke? She didn't understand what was going on with being able to 'hear' him in her head, nor anything else that was happening, but she knew she needed to be with him. Help me? Even in her head it sounded like a whimper. Please?
13th-Apr-2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Luke wasn't exactly inexperienced when it came to first flips. After all he had gone through that young and randy phase. And anyone with half a brain knew it was much easier if you didn't go through that first time alone.

But when he was young and randy there were no feelings to make him nervous. No worries that he would lose someone he loved.

As much as he wanted Sophia and more than that wanted her to flip successfully, he damn sure didn't want to be the reason she failed. The reason she died. It was a hell of a responsibility and one that he looked forward to with no small amount of worry and fear.

But now was no time to concentrate on one's fears. Sophia needed him and she needed him to be strong and single minded.

He broke the kiss, his mouth staying on her, pressing soft kisses over her face and neck as he caught his breath. He kept calling to her, talking to her in order to keep their connection strong. He had to keep her fears at bay.

Sophia, I'm right here, just stay with me. I'm going to help you I promise. Trust me.

As he talked to her, his hands moved to the buttons on her blouse, his hands gentle and carressing as they moved over her.
14th-Apr-2006 01:40 am (UTC)
It didn't take long for Matt to end up back in front of the house, tiring easily of wandering around this strange place. Even the air was different from home. New, busy. He missed Wolf Lake. He felt confident there. Here he was just.... baggage. Baggage his daughter had carried her whole life. Baggage that made her afraid of embracing the wolf.

Padding near the front door he thought about going inside but stopped short. Too close for comfort. Likely to do more harm than good to the situation going on inside. This whole thing was nuts.

He was about to move away from the open door when he heard the other woman's voice. Was she talking about him? And to whom? Creed? The idea of that made him move a little bit closer to the door, careful to keep out of sight as he listened.
17th-Apr-2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
*Donner hooked up with a mundane.* Creed had made some changes in attitude since leaving Wolf Lake. His own liaisons with Phoenix and Selene have been proof of that... but there was still a big difference between magical women like Kaycee or the women he'd mated with and a plain ordinary human women. *He gelded himself... tried to shut down the wolf side of himself so he'd fit in with her. Tried to pretend he was one of the herd instead of the pack.*

Tyler's shoulders are itching and he twists slightly in place so Kaycee's fingers are in the right place to scratch the spot.

*Maybe he thought we'd do better trying to hide among them instead of exploiting our strengths.* Creed's mindvoice is clearly disgusted. The itch won't go away and Tyler lets his fur melt away for a few moments. Sophia's far into it now. It's making his nose twitch and his mind drift to a bit of old history. Droit du seigneur. A quick flush of human reasoning might dampen down the urges pulling at the wolf. "Guilt maybe, 'cause his woman died," Tyler continues on from silent to verbal without feeling the change. "I suppose he thought if he believed hard enough he thought Sophia wouldn't get any of his blood so she wouldn't be stuck in Wolf Lake. He must of known it was circling the drain... that we were stagnating... rotting. Maybe he's smarter than I thought... or maybe he's just a whole lot stupider."
15th-Apr-2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
The movement of him, the push and drag of skin against skin, and the newly awoken nerves all created the urgency that sung through her veins. Arching up as her body tried to deal with the sensations of pleasure and pressure entwined, she could feel the changes start. At first she allowed herself to just ride along in the tumultuous mix, but as the taste of what was to come became stronger, the thrusts of her lover more intense and her body's change even closer she craved it. For too long she'd denied it, pushed it away, tried to protect herself from it, but it was different here, and now.

The taste of what Creed had sent, the feel of what Luke had promised, and the need to become what she was meant to be released the long-denied wolf. Immediately she felt it, more aware, all her senses heightened, more acute, and she thrust her hips up to meet Luke's.

Luke! It's happening!.....

Her head pushed back into the pillows as her core ignited and her entire body seemed to explode. Her climax swept outwards, the bones and flesh of her body changing and reforming, eased through the horrendous first change by the strength of the young lover's connection and the energy around them.
16th-Apr-2006 12:31 am (UTC)
As they pushed towards the climax together Luke felt the wolf inside him itching to break free. He wanted to flip, he needed to and his instincts told him Sophia was about to as well.

He drove them towards the flip, all doubts and fears free of his mind and only the freedom of the wolf waiting to engulf him.

When Sophia's voice sounded in his head, he answered, growling as his climax overwhelmed him.

It is Sophia! Your finally free. You're one of us!

As the wolf emerged in his lover, he let the wolf emerge in him and they flipped together, the energy of the wolf all around them. The community feeling he'd always experienced, first in Wolf Lake and then here in Tyler's new world combined with the love he felt for Sophia made this change even more powerful than he'd ever felt before. It was almost like he'd experienced that first flip again, this time with someone he loved completely.

He lifted his head and howled loudly, as if to signal to the rest of the group that the change was complete, that his mate was one of them.

My love. My Sophia. He pressed against her, fur against fur, for the first time. It felt right.
16th-Apr-2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Kaycee looked up, the howls and other noises giving all the support to the success of the young woman's flip. She looked down at Creed, smiling, and giving him a wink.

"Looks like you might have a new guest!"
17th-Apr-2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
"Feels that way." Still in a crouch, Creed nods and melts back into wolf form in case the pair of them come tearing out. Easily torn skin shouldn't be exposed to a newly turned out clan-member and he fully intends to plant himself in their path when they emerge, if only for a moment to remind them who's in charge around here.
28th-Apr-2006 02:34 am (UTC)
With a dip of her head to the two Sophia trotted toward the screen door, pushing it open with her nose after it had closed behind Luke. Walking across the porch she looked around, getting used to the feeling of increased vision, seeing more in the dark than ever before, even with her glasses! Again her nose was assaulted with scents she'd never noticed before and it twitched as she took them in.

At the top of the stairs she paused, head going down again before she started down, her shoulders feeling a little strange at first but managing to make it to the bottom without falling in a heap, to her delight. She let out a yip of excitement at the achievement, looking up for Luke, and seeing him standing there, looking in the other directin, his gaze fixed on something.

Or someone.

She turned to look where he was.
29th-Apr-2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
At Sophia's yip, Luke looked away from Matt, a soft bark of approval leaving him as he padded over to her, nuzzling her for a moment before cautiously looking at Matt again. He wondered what Sophia would do once she found out who was about to introduce himself.
28th-May-2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
He'd never felt so lost as he watched his daughter run away. The look from Luke hadn't been necessary. Sophia was as angry as he'd ever seen her and with every right to be. He knew she needed time to herself. Time with Luke.

His real worry was that it seemed possible, even likely at this point that she wouldn't be interested in returning to Wolf Lake. Certainly not without Luke but he was beginning to think she might not want to be in the same state much less the same town as her father. What would he do if she refused to return home with him. He couldn't imagine leaving here without his daughter. He didn't want to even think about it.

He bowed his head, sniffing at the ground as he did so. What did he do now?

One thing was certain, he couldn't follow his daughter into the woods. There seemed to be nothing for it but to take Creed up on his offer of a cold beer.

Trotting over to his clothes he let out a wolven howl before sliding back to human form. He dressed quickly and stood on two feet.

Looking around he grudgingly admitted to himself that Tyler had done well. Maybe the young upstart who'd caused so much trouble back home had finally grown up. He hadn't been worthy of the clan leader position back home but he certainly had the admiration and respect of everyone here.

Turning he made his way back to the house his daughter had emerged from, uncertain of the reception he was likely to receive from the leader of this pack.
28th-May-2006 09:46 pm (UTC) - Tyler, Matt, & Kaycee inside
Kaycee watched the interactions from behind the screen door, only moving out when the man had finished dressing. She pushed the door open and moved into the porch light so he could see her.

"The challenges of parenthood," she said simply, holding the door open in invitation for Matt. "Come on. She'll be safe here, as long as she stays with Luke."
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