Prelude and Catching up
Ten years on and the Pack grew up and instead of moving out seemed to end up moving in. Being Werewolves they had not changed to much physically, much to the annoyance of co-workers and acquaintances who wondered what their secret was.
Scott and Allison went to Stamford University, to the surprise of most in Scott's case. Once his dyslexia had been spotted and the extra tutoring given to him by Damion and Derek he had managed to get his GPA up to a three point eight, much to his mother absolute delight. Scott studied veterinarian medicine and upon his return took up as a junior partner in the Beacon Hills Vet Clinic, his old boss, and now partner, teaching him druidic healing techniques and methods. Allison studied graphical design and was working with an LA firm that allowed her to work from home.
Danny and Stiles had gone to Boston University. Stiles studied Mythology, Crypto zoology, Criminology and forensics and now work for the county CSI. Danny had taken a degree in accounting and economics, and then took supplementary teaching qualifications. He work at Beacon Hills High where he taught Economics and coached Lacrosse, he was easier on the suicide runs than his old coach much to his students relief.
Lydia and Jackson had stayed together, it was a more casual relationship but it was one they enjoyed. Lydia went to Harvard and studied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics; she sailed through it in three years rather than four and was taken on as a research fellow while she did her thesis work. So impressed and determined to have her they even let her do it remotely from Beacon Hills and travel in once a month for face to face meetings. Jackson studied civil engineering and Architecture at California University, and then joined his father's development company where his work won awards for design. He still had a very close relationship to Damion and Derek more than just Pack, like an adoptive son, and would still spend a lot of time with them including nights in a platonic way. In a non platonic way was Lydia and Jacksons continued relationship with Scott and Allison. The Pack was accepting of these relationships and if it meant that Lydia had to spend the night with three men in her bed at times she wasn't complaining.
The full moon hunt was ritual now, Stiles and Allison had long since become full werewolves with their long relationships to Danny and Scott, Derek had claimed them both and they shared in the full Pack bond. Only Lydia didn't join the hunt but she was Okay with that as she hated getting her nails broken, her gifts as a seer were strong and she channelled them into averting as much trouble as she could, the Pack kept her grounded and sane, staving off the madness that could easily have claimed her.
Derek and Damion lived in the Hale Mansion and Damion's old home, now renamed 'The Wolf Lair', and was the Pack home. Stiles and Danny lived there full time as did Jackson and Lydia, Scott and Allison.
Allison's relationship with her family had gone through some rocky times but she worked hard to keep it, and the elder Argents worked just as hard, but when you have an extended family of Hunters and a family of Wolves there would always come conflicts of interest. They still acted as ambassador to the Hunters Council with the Pack, and helped to police the California area with them for supernatural threats.
Chapter 1 - The Stork Calls:
Off all the people that Damion had thought would get broody Derek was the last name on that list; in fact his name wasn't even on the list. But it had started the day that Allison had announced that she was pregnant. The Pack was overjoyed at this and had thrown them a massive party to celebrate. Melissa McCall was jubilant at the news once she had gotten over the shock of it. It was at the party Derek started to get distant when he thought he was alone.
Allison and Scott decided to make their union official in the eyes of human law even though there married status was well recognised with the Pack and Melissa. Stiles was to be the best man and Jackson and Danny the groomsmen. Allison had asked Derek and Chris to give her away, Chris as Father and Derek and her Alpha. Lydia was asked to stand at her side as Matron of Honour. Damion officiated at the ceremony after registering as a Justice of the Peace with the county. On a beautiful June evening under a New moon they committed to each other in the grounds of the lair, under a trellis of white and red orchids. They danced long into the night under the stars and the New moon.
It was while Damion was dancing a slow number towards the end of the night that he broached Derek's distance. "You can tell me if something is bothering you, you do know that don't you?" He said.
Derek sighed and leaned in closer. "It's nothing really."
"No it's something if it's making you this sad. Come on you can tell me." Damion replied.
Derek pulled back slightly and looked Damion in the eyes. "It was just when they announced they were having a baby, it hit me that I was the last of my Family. I would never trade what we have for anything, but after me, there's no one left to carry on my family name. It just made me realise the finality of it, Laura died before she found a Mate, the close family was in the House and Peter had never had children. I love the Pack, I love the family that we are, but I just feel something missing."
Damion looked sadly at him, and pulled Derek in for a tight hold. "If you want we can look at adoption or surrogacy. I mean I can do a lot of things but getting pregnant isn't one of them unfortunately... or is that fortunately?" Damion mused.
Derek smiled softly at that. "You would consider doing that for me, adopting or surrogacy?"
Damion leaned back and cupped Derek's chin and said. "Derek I would take moons and planets and string them on a chain of stars if it would make you happy. I would be honoured and proud to raise a child or children with you." Derek kissed Damion and they danced under the stars.
"I'm not sure what's the right way to go, Adoption can be both rewarding and fulfilling I mean look at Jackson. But part of me would like a Genetic link with the family to carry on the Legacy." Derek said while he and Damion were at the breakfast table going over various pamphlets and booklets explaining the ins and outs of various options.
"Also if we adopt we would have to satisfy Social Services." Damion added putting the adoption leaflet down. "If we were going to go down surrogacy route, who would we ask to be the mother, Lydia?"
Derek shook his head. "Her gifts are incredible but I don't think she wants to pass that on to a child even a risk of it, I think she and Jackson may end up adopting. I had thought about this and I was thinking we could ask Melissa. I know she may not agree, but I see what she had to go through with raising Scott on her own and she's a strong woman if anything happened to us she could raise the baby and it would a positive and strong role model."
Damion agreed with that. "True." He just hopped Scott wouldn't throw a fit when he found out even if it was just the asking.
Derek went on "If we do go down the surrogate route I'm just sorry that we can't all provide something into the mix as it were. I feel like you would be left out, even given your species lack of spawning."
Damion raised an eyebrow at that phrase. "Yes I find the swimming upstream an issue."
Derek batted his hand at Damion. "You know what I mean. It's a pity we couldn't both contribute to the pregnancy."
Damion sat thinking for a few minutes mulling what Derek had said. "It may be possible, possible mind you, actually do that, it would mean that it wouldn't be done in a fertility clinic or you couldn't sleep with them." Derek snorted at that. "But I think I could merge our sperm giving yours dominance, like in bed, and infuse them into Melissa egg giving the pregnancy a fertility boost at the same time. It may take a couple of goes but it should work." Derek looked at Damion with hope in his eyes. "Before you start decorating the nursery, let me check the books first. I don't want to get your hopes up. If it can't work then you and Melissa can be the biological parents, and we can still raise them." Damion said trying to not get Derek's hopes up.
Derek grinned in excitement. "I like this plan. Let's do this plan... How would you feel about adopting as well?"
Damion put his Coffee down and stared at Derek. "Pardon?"
Derek put on his best puppy dog expression and looked at Damion. "You reminded me how fulfilling it can be to give a child a new start. I know it would be a lot of work and might require some jiggery pokery from you. But look how well Jackson turned out and if we could do that for another child..." He looked longingly at Damion who just stared at him for a few minutes.
Rolling his eyes at Derek's expression Damion sighed. "I'd better get my jiggery pokery up to scratch then hadn't I? I am so whipped..."
Derek grinned lopsidedly in a similar manner to Scott and said "Who's your Alpha."
Melissa wasn't used to getting afternoon visit from Damion and Derek, she and Damion met fairly regularly and went out for coffee or lunch, in a way he was her best girlfriend. But both together usually meant something was up and they were both nervous about something. You didn't need to be a Werewolf to see that. "Come in both of you. I've just made coffee." She indicated the sitting room and went to get more cups. Coming back she saw they were sitting holding hands, looking like they were getting support from one another. Melissa's eyes narrowed as she thought about what they were going tell her, it couldn't be good was it about Scott or Allison or the Baby? "So do you want to tell me what's going on, or would Derek prefer to jiggle a hole in the carpet. I haven't seen a leg jump that badly since Scott told me he and Ally were pregnant."
Damion and Derek exchanged glances and Derek put a hand on his leg to try and stop it jiggling. "Melissa we came here today to ask you a favour, a REALLY big favour." Damion started, Derek glanced and him questioning his approach.
Derek cleared his throat and carried on. "Melissa, we've seen how you raised Scott, you are a strong vibrant woman. What we want to ask you is would you consent to be a surrogate mother for our child."
Melissa was taking a drink of coffee and sprayed it out. "Pardon!"
Damion face-palmed. "What Mr Blunt is trying to say is that we would like to start a family. We would like to try and have a child with a surrogate mother and the only person that we could think of was you. Not because you know all about us, but because as Derek said you are a strong woman who has done a wonderful job with Scott. If anything happened to us then we would know that our child was going to be in safe hands, also you can be as involved as you want to be in their growing up. You see what Pack can be like we all share in things; this would be between the three of us. I have a way to combine Derek's and my sperm and to magically infuse that into one of your eggs. You would then carry the child to term as normal. That's what we're here to ask you."
Melissa sat back and looked at the pair, when she first had gotten to know them Derek had scared her and Damion was an enigma. Then time had passed and she saw how they were with the Pack. Damion's help and guidance with Scott, finding out about his dyslexia and then working with him to get his grades up, Derek teaching Scott and the rest of the Pack to protect themselves and to be strong people. They both cared a great deal for the children, and now they wanted to add once more but part of themselves. She could understand that, she also had regretted not being able to have more after Scott. Scott's father had put of having another one, and then left not long after Scott's fifth birthday, and then there had never been anyone else. Scott was a priority to her to raise and provide for him, and then when he was old enough she felt like it had passed her by that stage in her life. Now here was an opportunity to have another baby to be part of that baby's life but to not get bogged down in the relationship side of things.
Damion saw her mulling it over."Look this is a big think we're asking and we don't need an answer right this second, but if you can think about it and let us know we would be grateful. We also wanted to ask you if you would provide a reference for us for Social Services. When we were looking at the various options, someone who isn't two foot from me got struck with the parental stick. As well as wanting to raise our own child, Derek and I would also like to give someone a new start in life as well. This isn't taking away from what were asking you, it's just we saw some of the places where these kids are and knowing that we can make a difference to them even if it's just one how could we not. I'm setting up a charity fund for the sheltered housing to try and make some difference there as well."
This threw Melissa for another loop, if you had asked her at the start when she found out what the Werewolves were she would have had to answer 'not human', even Scott was 'not human' that she loved with her heart. Now knowing them for so long and seeing the looks on Derek and Damion's faces when they talked about both surrogacy and adoption the unconditional love in their eyes she wondered how she could ever have thought that at all. "Yes" She said, Derek looked at her with thanks in his eyes.
"Brilliant you'll give us a reference." Derek said smiling along with Damion.
"No. I mean yes to both parts" She said and smiled at the jaw drop she got from both of them. Then in a flurry of movement she became part of a three way hug.
"How can we ever, ever thank you." Damion said, Derek Just held her tight and Melissa felt warm wet spots growing on her shirt where the tears from Derek's eyes fell. In that instant the positive feeling she got had over this was cemented.
Scott and Allison were coming back from the second trimester scan. They had ultra sound pictures and DVD's of it. Scott was looking at the Ultrasound picture and said "I still can't tell if that's a head or not."
Allison glanced over from her driving, and with one hand flipped the ultrasound around. "Ooooooh I see it now" Scott said.
Allison rolled her eyes and shook her head. "Well I bet your mum will be happy to see these. I still think we were right to not find out the sex though, I want it to be a surprise." She said.
Scott chewed his lip for a second. "I'm still not sure I mean how will we know what colour to paint the room and what type of clothes to get, and toys!"
Allison smiled and placed her hand on his thigh settling Scott down. "It's Ok it will work out. We just get neutral stuff to start with then when we find out we can get more." He was like a big kid himself a lot of the time, and if she could handle him and the rest of the Pack, then a baby was going to be Ok. She rubbed her hand over her stomach and felt a kick, grabbing Scott's she placed it on her belly and after a moment it kicked again.
Scott smiled lopsidedly and leaned down "Hey there slugger, are you going to be a lacrosse star like Daddy?" There was another kick. "Settles it, Jr. is taking after his old man!"
Allison laughed. They pulled into the street and up to the house. They both saw Derek and Damion's car and looked at each other with mild concern. "Wonder what's up? They didn't say anything about visiting last night." She said.
They pulled into the drive and got out. Heading into the house Scott started to call out and was stopped by the sight of Derek Damion and his mother hugging in the living room. "Hey were ho... What's going on? Is Derek Crying?"
Allison stuck her head round Scott as he was blocking the living room door. She looked concerned and asked "What's happened has someone been hurt?"
A beaming Damion turned round and looked at the pair. "Your mothers agreed to be a surrogate for our child." Allison pushed passed Scott and joined in the hug congratulating the older couple and Melissa. Scott stood there open mouthed and pointing between them.
After a minute and the shock had worn off he started Scott blurted out. "How can you agree to that! You're not even in a relationship and what happened if something goes wrong!"
Melissa disentangled herself from the hug and went over to Scott and held him. "Shh, it's okay you'll always be my baby, but I always regretted not having another child and I'm honoured that they would ask me. Please be alright with this decision." She said looking him in the eyes.
Scott looked like he was going to protest some more, but the look from his mother plus the fact her heart hadn't shown any ticks or jumps when she said that to him he knew she meant it. "Well... Okay, but I'm not calling them Daddy."
Damion, Derek and Allison broke into relieved grins and joined Scott and Melissa in a group hug. "Ok were going out to celebrate tonight. My treat so call the Pack. Were going fancy! Melissa you are now officially Alpha Female, sorry Damion; you couldn't keep the crown forever." Derek said grinning like a loon.
Damion laughed. "I have never been the girl in this relationship!"
Melissa looked happily stunned at being called that by Derek, even in jest.
Scott piped up "Does this mean I have to do what she says?"
Derek smacked him on the back of the head "You've always had to do what she said dumb ass."
Melissa grinned and added "Too right on that" and gently smacked Scott on the back of the head as well.
Scott whined "Both of you now, Not FAIR!"