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said to him it wasn't the cold that kept me up, it was his warmth

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THEO RAN, his feet pounding against the ground, kicking up dust and leaves everywhere. There was only one thing on his mind, and that was to get to the hospital, he had to make sure she was safe, that she would live. He stopped and ducked behind a tree, trying to get his bearings, he strained his hearing, he had to make sure that they weren't being followed. He let out a breath he was holding, he couldn't hear any heartbeats, but he continued to run, not wanting to take any chances with the psychopaths that tortured him.

Theo burst through the doors, hoping to find Melissa McCall, she was one of the only people Theo would trust her with. He caught her scent near the emergency room, she was talking to Scott and Stiles. The former made a face when Theo's scent hit him, something was off, he turned around and saw a half-dead Theo limping, clutching something in his grasp. The closer he got to them, the worse the scent was, it was like rotting fish. Theo said nothing as he trusted something into Mellisa's arms before collapsing on the floor, it was only then that Scott noticed the sliver tainted blood that was oozing out of Theo's nose and mouth.

A WEEK AGO

After the hunters and Anuk-ite were beaten Theo was left to deal with emotions he couldn't process. The wall he had built started to crumble, brick by brick it fell until it the fissures burst and he drowned under a tsunami of emotions. He still remembers the day when the wall came crashing down.

Theo walked out of the hospital, his shoulders sagging as it stitched itself back together. The stench of fear and death in the air choked him, his lungs screaming for fresh air. He looked back, he could hear Liam talking to Scott, they were happy. The stench slowly being replaced by a scent of relief and happiness, he wasn't drowning as much, but he was still underwater and he needed to breathe. He took one last look at the hospital, at the pack and he got into his truck and drove off, the feeling of longing making its way into his stolen heart.

He didn't know how he got here, he was at the Beacon Hills Cemetery. The smell of rotting flesh made its way to Theo's nose and it took everything in him to not throw up right there. He took a deep breath and walked into the cemetery, his feet guiding him to the graves of his family. He stopped at three headstones, three stone-carved headstones, with scraggly writing, he was the one who buried them after all. And that was all it took, the three headstones with barely eligible writing on them. He dropped to his knees and let out a scream, it was the most primal yet human thing that ever came out of his mouth, because at that time he wasn't a teenager who just fought for his life, no, he was a just child mourning the loss of his family - the family that was so wrongfully taken from an 8-year-old boy. Tears ran down his face, mixing with blood, sweat and dirt, the salty taste contaminated with a million other things. It had been years since he mourned someone, someone he loved and now he was left with no one.

He doesn't remember how long he sat there for, crying until nothing but broken noises came out. He must've passed out because the next thing he remembers is waking up to sunlight hitting his face. He has never felt so empty in his life.

And now here he was, a homeless 18 year old with a past that's destroying his future. The cold air blew through his window, reminding him of his plight. He pulled his hoodie on tighter, trying to stay warm. He may be a chimaera but that doesn't mean he has the natural abilities of a werewolf to stay warm, he could shift but the pain was too much, every single one of his bones breaking and rearranging themselves was too much for Theo right now, especially if he hadn't eaten nor slept in almost 3 days. He debated calling Liam, the two of them had developed a friendship of sorts after the war, whenever Liam needed help, Theo would be there, maybe it was his way of paying Liam back from pulling out from hell, either way, Theo would be there, and most likely being the bait because the beta deserved to live, he was only 17, he had his whole life ahead of him.

He had finally fallen asleep when a knock on his window woke him up. Theo groaned all he wanted was a bit of sleep, the person knocked again, this time more rapidly. He huffed, rolling down his window, he expected to see a flashlight pointed at this face but was instead met with the barrel of a gun. He stiffened, every sense now fully alert.

"Get out." The person demanded.

Theo complied, he didn't feel like getting shot today. He got out slowly, thinking of a plan to knock the person out and take them back to Scott's.

"Good doggy." The person snarked.

Theo growled lowly, of course, it was a hunter. Within a second Theo unleashed his claws and swiped the gun away, he came face to face with a girl much older than him. She had a faint pink scar running down her face. He kicked her in the stomach, causing her to fly back. He went in for a punch but was met with her palm. She punched him square in the face, he staggered back, clutching his now broken nose. He got up, eyes yellow and swiped at her face, she easily ducked and Theo caught her punch. He went in for another punch when she flashed her eyes, Theo faltered, and that was all she needed. She reached into her pocket and jabbed a needle into his neck. Black spots dotted his vision as he crumpled to the ground and hit it with a soft thud.

-

Theo woke up to what felt like a thousand volts coursing through his body.

"Morning sunshine," She smirked.

"What the fuck?" He growled out.

"It's quite simple, you tell me what I need to know and maybe I'll let you go out of here alive, and if you don't tell me what I need to know, well let's just say death would be a more pleasant alternative."

Theo blinked, unmoved by the lady's speech, "Is that supposed to scare me? Because trust me, the only thing that's scary about your breath."

Her eyes narrowed as pressed a button, Theo screamed as electricity flowed through him, she took her finger off and it stopped.

"You'll learn that antagonizing me will result in painful repercussions." She explained.

"Is that the best you've got? I've literally been to hell, you're nothing compared to that."

"Trust me," She leaned in, "I'll make hell look like heaven."

Theo scoffed, nothing could beat hell.

"Now, tell me about the Ius Vitae."

"The what?" He questioned, confusion clouding his face.

"Don't play dumb with me boy." She grabbed his face, her breath fanning over his face.

"I don't know what you're talking about."

She let go of his face and walked back to the table on the left of him, she turned a dial to the right and pressed the button again. Theo convulsed against the cold metal table as another round of electricity flowed through him.

"Don't lie to me boy." She sneered.

"I'm not lying! I don't know what you're talking about." He protested.

"You listen to me boy, and you listen good, when I come back you better tell me the truth, or else." She left, leaving the threat hanging in the air.

Theo racked his brain, nothing came up related to Ius Vitae. It was only then when he realised that he was in the Dread Doctors' lab, fear washed over him. His breaths became shorter and sharper, his chest was heaving.

Theo. Theo. Theo.

He shook his head, trying to clear the voice that was lurking at the back of his mind.

Theo. Theo. Theo.

He dug his nails into his palm, the pain grounding him as her voice faded away to the back of his mind. He took a deep breath and looked around, finding a way to escape, but there wasn't anything he could do, he could hear two heartbeats outside the door. He looked down, he was strapped to the table, leather restraints holding his torso down and his arms and legs apart - he felt like a fucking high school experiment. 

Ius Vitae, he was pretty sure that it was Latin, but he didn't know a lick of LatinThough he'd bet Liam would know, he was a history nerd after all. Theo cursed himself, he should've gone to the pack meeting, he probably wouldn't have been in this situation, but no, he had to be stubborn, although he doubted that'd make any difference, she probably would've found him either way - but the thought of her hurting the pack stirred something in Theo, something he hadn't felt in a long time, it was ironic though, he wasn't a part of the pack yet he would die for them.

"Are you ready to talk?"  She questioned, interrupting his train of thought.

"Listen here lady, I don't know you are or what you want but I know one thing, I don't have a fucking clue about what Ius Vitae is."

The lady scoffed and walked towards the table and pressed the button. Theo screamed as another jolt of electricity coursed through his body.

"What did I tell you?"

"I'm telling the truth! Listen to my heartbeat."

The lady laughed, "As if I'd believe you, I know all about you Theo Raeken, you're just like me-"

"I'm nothing like you!" He growled out.

"Oh really? I think Tara would disagree, you killed her after all, hell, you killed your own parents. I mean how twisted do you have to be? You're just like me, whether you like it or not."

She grabbed a syringe and stabbed his neck as he struggled against her grip.

-

Theo woke up to the taste of blood in his mouth. He blinked groggily, his eyes adjusting to the sudden change in lighting, he looked around, he was still in the godforsaken sewer. He looked down at his arm and saw an IV connected to his left forearm, the line connected to a bag with a blue liquid. It smelt of wolfsbane but there was something different about it.

"Ah, you're awake now!" She exclaimed, "I've been waiting for quite a long time."

She got up from the floor and walked towards the table. She put on a pair of gloves as Theo watched helplessly, she grabbed a knife and dipped it into a petri dish containing the same blue liquid that was being pumped into him.

"Now, you're going to tell me what you know."

"I'm telling you the truth, I don't know anything!"

She tsked, and ran the knife along his abdomen, drawing blood. Theo gritted his teeth to stop himself from screaming out, the blue liquid burning the skin it cut. Theo stared at it bewildered, he was a chimaera, this shouldn't have hurt him.

She let out a maniacal laugh, a frightening gleam in her eyes as she explained what she was injecting into Theo, "It's quite a fascinating cocktail, quite useful if you want to hurt chimaeras. A bit of wolfsbane, white baneberry, mountain ash, belladonna and water hemlock, oh! and mercury. Extremely poisonous to humans, chimaeras and were-creatures, courtesy of yours truly. Though you have to be careful, too much and they'd die within seconds, especially if it's injected right into the heart."

Theo stilled, his heartbeat racing as he realised what was being injected into him, none of these were supposed to harm him but they were, she figured out a way to hurt chimaeras. His body can't fight everything off, especially if it's being circulated around his body.

"Who are you?" He questioned.

She smirked and said nothing.

"Are you deaf, I asked you who you are."

She continued smirking and and leaned in close and whispered, "I'm your worst nightmare."

-

Theo doesn't know how long he's been here. The constant electrocution and torture made everything blur into one long memory. It could be three days, a week or a month, he doesn't know. He hasn't slept for a long time, she kept on injecting him with adrenaline and her blue concoction. His wounds stopped healing and he was in constant pain.

"Are ready to talk?"

"Fuck you." Theo spat.

She was about to say something but was interrupted when her phone started to buzz. She looked at it in annoyance, but that expression quickly morphed into one of delight and she walked out of the room.

Theo was now left on his own, save for the two guards outside. He leaned his head back against the table, taking a deep breath, he strained against his restraints. The leather burning into his skin, he suspected she doused them with her deadly concoction. His muscles convulsed as he pulled harder and harder, his body screaming at him to stop. He stopped straining and let his limbs go limp, the leather still burning his skin but at a less intensity. He closed his eyes, trying to think of a way to get here, he could howl but he'd doubt the pack would save him, and even if they did, it's be too late - he'd be dead before they even left.

The woman walked back in, this time with something in her arms. Theo's eyes widened when he recognised the new scent. He stilled, she shouldn't have known, it was impossible. Theo had made sure that no one knew about her.

"Let her go." He growled.

She ignored him and set her on the table. The woman grabbed a dropper and sucked up some of the blue liquid. Theo watched in horror as she walked towards her and dropped some of it onto her arms. She let out a cry and that was all it took to break Theo.

"Don't! Don't hurt her! I'll tell you everything."

She laughed, " Well that was easier than I expected."

She walked towards Theo and stood there expectantly. Theo started to mumble things under his breath.

"What? Speak up boy."

He continued to mumble absolute nonsense but it was too quiet for her to hear, he hoped that his impromptu plan worked. She came closer and he bit the top of her ear off, the tase of blood immediately filling his mouth, he spat it out, not noticing the silver tinge to it. 

"You bastard, she's going to be paying for this."

Theo growled as she walked back to her, when she reached for the knife laying next to the petri dish, something in snapped - primal instinct taking over. He strained against the restraints with impossible strength, the loud snap of chains got the woman's attention, her eyes widened as she saw he was now free. Within seconds he was across the room, smashing her head on the table and dumping the remaining blue liquid onto her face, she screamed out in agony as she clawed at her face. The guards came rushing in, he turned his attention to him, knocking them out cold within seconds. 

"Dadda?"

Theo turns around immediately, his expression softening as he goes to his daughter. 

"Hey baby, I've got you, she won't touch you."

"Momma say hi."

Theo let out a strangled noise at the mention of her mother, his heart clenches, she was gone.

He kissed her forehead as he lifted her up. The sound of thundering footsteps bought him out of his haze, he looked down at her and noticed her blood stained forehead and finally saw the mercury dripping down his nose. He had to get her to Melissa, he hoped she would take her when he died. Men burst through the door but Theo was out within seconds, using his chimera speed to his advantage. He ran out and headed straight to the hospital.