Hope took slow steady steps toward Josie and her sister on the green and even slower steadier breaths as she did. She was scared and excited, not sure if she was truly prepared to be in the same space as Josie again. The sight of her alone was causing tremors in Hope’s chest, she had no idea what her scent would do to her. She was much less strung out now though, having just shifted a few hours ago and she was much more prepared to embrace her wolf not tether it down. Hopefully Josie would give her a chance to apologize, Hope didn’t know what she would do if the girl straight out refused to talk to her.
Josie did look uneasy as she noticed Hope approach and her sister looked down right livid but Hope held strong. She stopped with plenty of space between them and took a long deep breath like Keelin taught her. She let Josie’s scent wash over her, into her, the rich sweet and bitter scent of honeysuckle and warm wool. Her teeth clenched and her shaft twitched in response but she just kept breathing slow and steady letting her wolf get its fill of this glorious scent.
Hope opened her eyes not remembering closing them in the first place and pupil blown orange met Josie’s weary brown eyes. She slowly dropped her eyes and tilted her head down slightly before calmly as possible saying, “I-I’m very sorry for what happened the other day. I won’t excuse my actions, but I would like to explain them if possible. In private.” Hope glanced up to Josie before looking at her sister who was red in the face and looked to be doing everything possible to not say anything, probably for Josie’s sake. Hope looked back to Josie, her eyes back to their normal green now that her wolf knew it wouldn’t need to fight to stay in the girl’s presence.
Josie’s warm brown eyes seemed to search Hope’s for a minute as if the young witch could unlock the secrets of the universe. In that moment when the entirety of Josie’s focus was on Hope she couldn't help but puff her chest up slightly and her wolf preened at the attention.
“Okay.” Was all Josie said. A smile broke out on Hope’s face before she could stop it. Josie’s sister had a much different reaction, however, her eyes shooting up and she scoffed.
“You can’t be serious, Jo. Less than a week ago she threw you into a wall. Now you’re going to let her take you ‘somewhere private’?”
Josie held up a finger to Hope to give her a minute. Hope frowned but acquiesced and stayed where she was while Josie dragged her sister out of ear shot. Well, ear shot for a human Hope smiled. She turned away but didn’t stop listening to the heated conversation the two were having.
“Lizzie calm down we won’t go far and-”
“Josie! She’s Hope Michealson. Part vampire, part witch, part werewolf. She could hurt you! She’s dangerous.”
“I don’t think she will. I can’t explain it but I want to trust her.” Josie said back calmly. Hope stopped herself from smiling this time knowing she wasn’t supposed to be listening to this conversation but the pride of knowing that Josie trusted her was almost overwhelming.
“Josette, she’s dangerous! You can’t just go off with her, this is the dumbest thing you could do. What’s gotten into you?? Ever since what happened in the mess hall she’s all you think about. You don’t say it but I know. Plus... you talk in your sleep.” Lizzie mumbled the last part.
That was news to Hope. Josie’s been thinking about her? Josie’s been dreaming about her?? The possibilities tint Hope’s cheeks and she needs to take a minute to calm her wolf down again and try to adjust herself in her pants without anyone noticing.
Hope missed the next few words exchanged but she knew Josie was spluttering and embarrassed, she tuned back in to hear Josie speaking with finality. “Lizzie, it’ll be fine. She just wants to apologize and explain. I bet she’s just embarrassed about the whole thing and wants to know I won’t curse her in her sleep or something.” At that Josie began walking back to where the sisters left Hope and cheerily said, “Sorry about that. Shall we?” Josie gestured for the path that goes along the edge of the woods. She was putting on a show of confidence for Lizzie, Hope could tell, but she was going to follow Keelin’s guidelines and respect her space and give her the control until Josie knew without a doubt that Hope could be trusted.
So Hope nodded and started toward the path side by side but not too close to Joise, leaving her sister flabbergasted where she stood.
They walked in silence for a while, the sound of their footsteps on the dirt path the only sound to accompany them. Hope used this time to study Josie up close. Now that she wasn’t staring at her from the corner of the room like a creeper she could see a lot more detail. The way the sun hit Josie’s face made her skin glow, and Hope could see a light speckle of freckles along Josie’s nose and cheeks barely visible. Hope wanted to count each and every one and cradle Josie’s soft full face in her strong hand. She wanted to feel their body heat pass between them as she held Josie close.
At the sound of Josie clearing her throat Hope knew she was staring too long. She looked to the ground and shook her head a little. “Sorry, I just, you’re very distracting for me.” She said looking up at Josie.
“It’s okay,” Josie said looking down, her cheeks red.
Hope stopped walking so suddenly that Josie’s steps stuttered to a halt as well. Hope has just realized this is the first time they’ve gotten to talk to each other face to face and she didn’t even properly introduce herself. Her father would be ashamed if he knew, seeing as how the Michealson family prided themselves on their charm. “Hope. Um, Michealson.” She stated as she turned to Josie and extended her hand.
Josie looked at her confused for a moment until she realized what Hope was doing. She smiled a small smile that made her dimples pop just a little and Hope’s knees threatened to buckle at the sight. “Josie Saltzman.” She said in her sweet small voice and moved to shake Hope’s hand.
As soon as their hands touched Hope felt a warmth generate between them and electricity filter through the contact. Hope looked up at Josie, pupils blown. From the look of Josie, her breathing more rapid and her heart racing, she could feel it too. Without much thought Hope’s wolf, with it’s much longer leash, pulls on Josie’s hand until there’s only an inch of space between the girls. “I have to tell you something.” Hope whispers.
Josie can feel Hope’s warm breath coast across her face and causes her to shiver. “O-okay.” She says.
Hope is still holding onto Josie’s hand afraid to let go. Part of her doesn’t want the fulfilling contact to end and another part of her is scared that if she lets go Josie will run away and she’ll never get her chance to say what she needs to. She knows that this will have to be said right now and that if she screws this up her wolf will never be happy and she will never feel complete.
“J-Josie, I’ve been a little on edge for the past couple weeks since, well since you transferred here. And truth be told, I've been doing my best to avoid you while still being able to watch you.” Hope cringes knowing that as true as the statement is, it sounds a lot worse when she says it out loud. She takes a deep breath and repeats Keelin’s words in her head. Make yourself soft. Tell her everything. “Um, ever since you walked into this school I’ve been tuned into your presence. When I see you I can’t look away. And when I smell you…” Her nostrils flared at that moment, much to her chagrin and she trembled at the flood of Josie she inhaled. “When I smell you my instincts go into overdrive. I want to be around you. I want to be able to hold you and protect you and provide for you.” Hope looks into Josie’s eyes again that are still apprehensive but cling to Hope’s every word. Hope keeps eye contact with her so that Josie can see her sincerity. “I want you, Josie Saltzman. And my wolf wants you as it’s mate. I know that’s a lot to drop on a teenager who probably just wants to have a normal life and date normal people but I just needed you to know what’s happening and that you get to decide what to do about it.”
Hope swallowed and looked down again not wanting to face the rejection she feared so much, or worse, see sympathy in those warm brown eyes. Hope knew full well if Josie rejected her, her wolf couldn’t take it. She’d have to leave for fear of what she’d do to anyone Josie did want to be with.
Hope felt warm fingers tentatively touch her cheek and move down to her neck. She looked up to those beautiful chocolate eyes and instead of seeing fear or anger or sympathy, she saw understanding. “I may not have wolf instincts to guide me but I know a good match when I see it. Besides, normal is overrated.” The hand on Hope’s neck tightens and Josie leans up to kiss the wolf on the cheek right by the corner of her mouth. Hope inhales sharply and clenches her teeth hard to stop herself from grabbing Josie’s waist and pulling her in for a real kiss. When Josie pulls away she smiles at the feel of the kiss and Hope’s reaction to it.
“You seem to be taking this all in stride.” Hope says in awe.
Josie giggles and Hope just about dies at the sound. “Full disclosure, while you were away I had a talk with your father.”
Hope lets out a small growl at the idea that her father would go behind her back and explain his version of the bond to Josie, maybe even threaten her. Hope could suddenly smell a burnt tinge to Josie’s scent. Fear. Her growling stopped immediately and she realized that she was still holding Josie. Reluctantly she released her. “Josie if he said anything or did anything to threaten you or hurt you…” Josie cut Hope off with a calming hand on her junction between her neck and shoulder.
Josie shooshed Hope while stroking her neck with her thumb. Even though Hope could tell the girl was scared she didn’t back away. Hope’s wolf was delighted at the contact and Josie’s bravery. Brave girl. My brave girl.
“Hope it’s okay, I went to him actually. I wanted to know what was going on. One minute you couldn’t stop glaring at me anytime we were in the same room and the next,” Josie let out a deep breath and her face tinted a deep pink, “you had me pinned to a wall and were… you know.” Hard, Hope’s face tinted as well and she was ready to deliver another apology but Josie wasn’t done. “Anyway, he told me about a wolf’s instincts and due to heightened senses they can distinguish their perfect match just by smell alone and how as a young wolf you showed remarkable control. He also said that there was no way you’d do anything to hurt me. That a wolf’s number one priority was to protect their… their mate.”
The last part was whispered. And Hope’s heart nearly stopped at the idea. Mate. My mate. She had to shake her head slightly to bring herself back. Josie’s face was so close to Hopes now and Hope could literally count every single little freckle dawning the girls cheeks. Josie brought her other hand up to the other side of Hope’s neck and gently added, “all my life nobody has ever put me first. Asked what I wanted, given me what I needed.”
Hope’s heart bled for the girl in front of her and at that moment she knew more than ever she would have to spend the rest of her life making this girl happy. “Josette Saltzman, I will always put you first.” Hope’s hands moved to Josie’s waist not gripping just resting and she closed the little-remaining distance and kissed her. Josie returned the kiss enthusiastically and in that moment, that perfect soft moment Hope felt her whole life click into place. She felt complete and for once her wolf was quiet knowing there was no room for it in this soft tender moment. Their lips moved slow and soft over each other, Hope not daring to ask for more.
When they pulled away Hope pressed her forehead to Josie’s and whispered lovingly, “I will always put you first. Always give you what you want, and give you what you need.” Hope couldn’t help but growl out the last part quietly, her wolf rearing its head again and blood flowing into her crotch thinking about giving Josie what she “needed”. She could feel Josie shiver in her arms and when warm brown eyes met Hope’s vibrant green again both of their pupils were blown, their gazes hungry.
“Take me somewhere.” Josie said, her hands still gripping Hopes neck and her nose grazing Hope’s jaw.
“Huh?” Hope said, dazed by the sensation of Josie so close, so warm, and so intimate.
Josie leaned her body into Hope’s to get the tribreds attention and pressing against the obvious bulge in her pants making Hope bite back a growl. “Take me somewhere. Private.”
Hope was slightly taken aback by Josie’s change in attitude but her wolf was more than eager. “Are you sure?” Hope double checked while she was already leading Josie off the path by her waist. Hope instinctively moved them toward the woods instead of the school but Josie didn’t seem to mind or notice.
The second they were in the treeline Josie nodded vigorously and pushed Hope into a tree and kissed her again. This kiss was very different from their first. Filled with passion and need and haste. Josie kissed with purpose and dammit if Hope’s wolf didn’t love it. With just a bit of superspeed Hope picked Josie up and moved a few more paces into the woods and by the time Josie regained her bearings, she was the one pressed against a tree and her thighs quickly latched themselves around Hope’s waist.
Hope growled and deepened the kiss biting and nipping on Josie’s lips before moving along her jaw. When Hope bit Josie’s jaw slightly harder Josie whimpered and Hope’s answering growl vibrated through the both of them. Hope moved back to her mouth and swallowed Josie’s whimpering moans while her hands explored the expanse of her outer thighs left bare by her school uniform skirt.
Feeling the exposed skin under her fingertips, Hope was never more grateful to the school uniform than in this moment. She gripped Josie’s thigh with rough grasps and soft caresses, memorizing Josie’s reaction each time and trying and failing to keep herself from grinding into the open warmth presented to her. At some point Josie had moved her hands into Hope’s hair and wrapped the auburn locks around her fingers pulling and moaning every once in a while when Hope would kiss her just the right way or touch her just so to make her tremble and whine.
Hope moved from Josie’s kiss swollen red lips across her jaw and down to her neck where she hadn’t dared to venture yet. Josie’s scent was strongest here and Hope could hear the blood thrumming just under her skin. Instantly Hope felt her teeth itch and her wolf demanded that she bite down. Every instinct in her body was screaming at her to take take take but Hope swallowed hard and pressed herself harder into Josie. Control. She gave the softest kiss to the spot on Josie’s neck, Just barely allowing their skin to touch. Control. Hope took deep breaths trying to calm herself down. She also tried to ignore the obvious tang of arousal lacing Josie’s scent and the unmistakable faint smell of slick emanating from between Josie’s legs. Her body shuddered again and she pulled away biting back the whine at the loss of contact.
Josie had no such qualms with letting her own whine out at Hope moving away from her neck. However, to compensate Hope tightened her grip on Josie’s thighs, though she was no longer grinding into her. They were both panting heavily now and staring heavy-lidded into each other’s eyes. After a minute Josie found it in her to let out a heavy, “Wow!” Hope just stared at her in awe and nodded her agreement.
Josie’s eyes were shining, the sun reflecting in her hair and on her pale skin and in that moment Hope could not find words to describe how beautiful she looked or untwist her tongue long enough to say them aloud. Josie giggled, “Are you okay?”
Hope blinked and nodded a few times dumbly before returning Josie’s smile with her own glowing one. “Perfect.” Hope said while drinking in Josie’s features. It was in answer to her question but Josie could tell Hope was in fact referring to her. Josie blushed harder if possible and brought Hope into a hug to hide her face in her neck.
Hope sighed content to have Josie in her arms, wrapped around her body, totally consumed by her presence. It was exactly where Hope wanted to be for the rest of her life. “Promise me it will always feel like this?”
The words were said so quietly Hope wasn’t sure Josie had said them at all but she answered unshaken regardless, “how does it feel?” She reached up to stroke Josie’s hair in a comforting manner and switched their positions so that Hope could lean against the tree while holding Josie still hiding in her neck.
“Like no matter what, everything will be okay. And like no matter what, you’ll be here. I didn’t expect it to feel like this.” Hope could feel how embarrassed Josie was, she could feel it in the slight tremble of her lip against Hope’s neck and in the way her hands tightened ever so slightly afraid if she let go Hope would disappear. Hope recognized it because it perfectly reflected the way she felt.
“I promise, I will be here always and forever.” Hope pressed the promise into Josie’s temple and kissed her softly. “Thank you.” She added without thinking.
Josie pulled back and looked at her confused. “For what?”
Hope smiled at her softly and ran her hand down Josie’s back and set her softly on her feet. With two free hands Hope reached up and took Josie’s face in her hands. “For being here. And giving me a chance, especially after how I treated you. I didn’t exactly handle you coming into my life the best way.”
Josie smiled sweetly at her and pushed a lock of hair behind her ear. “You got there eventually though.” Hope laughed jubilantly and Josie laughed in return.
“Can I show you something?” Hope asked nervously.
Josie raised a curious eyebrow before her eyes darted down briefly at Hope’s still prominent bulge. “What exactly would you like to show me?” Josie asked in a teasing tone.
Hope blushed and a growl rumbled in her chest again before she choked it back smiling. “Not that, pervert.” Josie barked out a laugh and Hope’s smile widened. “I want to show you somewhere I like to go when I feel like it’s all too much. My safe place. It’s just about half a mile from here, feel up for a hike?”
Josie smiled, elated at the trust Hope is placing in her. “I’m not really wearing good hiking shoes but I think I’ll manage.”
Hope smiled again and took Josie’s hand leading her further into the woods. The walk was quiet for the most part with the occasional flirtatious glance or soft touch to a lower back or wrist. Josie noticed the further they got the more confident Hope looked. Her shoulders and back straightened and her steps became more sure than usual.
“Hope, you really like the woods, huh?” Josie asked, breaking the comfortable silence between them.
“What do you mean?”
“Well, I don’t know…” Josie blushed hoping she wasn’t over-stepping. “The further into the woods we go the more nervous I get, but you... “ She looked Hope up and down, “you thrive. You’re standing taller, breathing deeper, I mean, you move like you own these woods.”
Hope stopped in her tracks and turned toward Josie. For a second Josie was afraid that she did in fact over-step with Hope. But her fears were washed away when Hope wrapped her arms around Josie’s waist and pulled her close. Their faces were centimeters apart Hope smiling and Josie giving her a shy smile in return. “Oh Josie, I do own these woods. This is all my territory.” Hope briefly looks up scanning the woods around them and standing even taller with pride. “The wolves aren’t allowed to turn outside, not like they’d pose any threat, and any stray wolves who come anywhere close to these woods wouldn’t dare cross me.” Hope growls the last part and moves her face even closer to Josie’s.
Josie trembled slightly at Hope’s tone and pressed her body against Hope drawn in by the dominant energy flowing from her. “Hope… say that again.” Josie says unable to hide the tremble from her voice.
Hope raised an eyebrow flirtatiously letting out a deep growl that Josie could feel all the way in her toes. “These woods are mine. Any animal who lives here only does so because I allow it.” Hope moved her lips to the underside of Josie’s jaw before continuing. “No beast or monster of the night would dare cross my territory, because I protect what is mine.” She bit down on Josie’s jaw.
Josie let out a moan, eyes widening at Hope’s insinuation. Hope pulls back slightly to look Josie in the eye gauging her reaction for a minute before smiling, mischievous eyes shining. “We’re here by the way.”
Josie took a moment to clear her head and bring herself back to what they were doing in the first place. Hope smiled wider and turned to walk a few more paces, Josie following quickly. When they broke the tree line Josie gasped. They walked into a small meadow where the trees cleared, it was all flowing green grass and the sun shone down like this one spot was blessed. Dragonflies danced and small wildlife skittered across the expanse every couple of seconds. The second Josie stepped foot in the meadow an unexplainable elation filled her. A happiness she couldn’t quite put into words but felt deep in her chest that reached the tips of her fingers and toes.
Josie looked to hope in wonder and giddiness. “What is this place?”
Hope beamed, glad that Josie seemed to love this place as much as she did. “It’s my favorite part of these woods. Sometimes when life at school is getting to be too much or I’m feeling suffocated I come here to run or just nap in the sun.”
Josie’s eyes lit up even more. “Do you mean when you’re… when you ch-change?” She said embarrassed.
Hope smiled a small smile and took Josie’s hand again, she couldn’t seem to stop touching Josie now that she was allowed to. “Does the idea scare you?”
Hope didn’t move any closer, wanting to gauge Josie’s response first, but was pleasantly surprised when Josie came closer to her until her nose was gliding down Hope’s neck making the tribred shiver. “I’m not going to lie, it scares me a little. It’s hard to believe that so much power lives in here.” She said as her hand came to rest on Hope’s chest. “It also is exciting, though. Like how I felt when you pinned me to the wall the other day.”
Hope swallowed hard, “I really am so-”
“It’s okay. You already explained.” Josie said, still running her nose up and down Hope’s neck making it very difficult for her to focus. “Like I said, it was scary but it was also exciting. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it now.”
Hope’s heart rate increased and she could feel a significant twitch in her pants when it registered in her brain. Excited. “T-Truth be told, as ashamed as I am about that,” Hope’s arms came around Josie’s waist, “something about having you pinned like that felt so right.” Hope swallowed worried her confession would upset Josie.
To Hope’s delight Josie just giggled. “Yeah, I could tell.” Josie drove her point home by moving her thigh so that it just barely brushed Hope’s growing erection.
Hope growled lightly and showed her teeth playfully, “Careful little witch. Don’t forget how badly I want you.”
Josie pulled away slightly and Hope suddenly felt every part of Josie tense up as if she were about to run away. “Maybe so-” Josie said, drawn out and playful. Hope felt a warm and draining feeling coming from her chest where Josie’s hand was pressed but before she could question it the feeling stopped and Josie moved her lips to Hope’s ear. “But first you need to catch me.” Josie slipped off her school blazer and a second later a strong gust of wind swept between them and Josie was suddenly about twenty feet away and running while laughing.
Hope shook off her surprise and beamed before letting her wolf chase. Hope took off toward Josie determined to catch her quickly but it seemed like every time she got close to her Josie used magic to push herself farther. After the third time Josie slipped away right before Hope reached her, her alpha decided the game needed to end. She needed Josie in her arms. With one swift jump Hope was just a few feet away from Josie and the witch shrieked playfully as Hope pounced and gently took Josie down to the ground. Hope’s wolf howled with pride as instinct drove her to place her teeth on Josie’s neck.
Hope bit lightly, not enough to break the skin but enough to certainly leave a small bruise and Josie whimpered loudly pressing her hands firmly into Hope’s shoulders to steady herself. Hope’s hands held Josie tight by the hips instinct driving the alpha to claim. Josie was still panting and catching her breath but eventually Hope’s teeth, though they seemed to set Josie’s body on fire in the best way, became too much. It also wasn’t lost on her that this felt a lot like her dream, but entirely different at the same time. “H-Hope…” Josie said in a pleading tone.
Hope’s jaw tightened every so slightly for a second before she released the girl below her, just to pull back and stare into warm brown eyes. Hope knew her eyes were glowing orange and her pupils were getting larger and larger the more of Josie she took in. When Hope’s eyes focused on Josie’s heaving chest making the buttons of her school shirt strain she nearly drooled down her chin. She couldn’t stop the involuntary grind that pushed her pelvis against Josie’s thighs making Hope close her eyes in savorence. Her blood was racing from the chase, her wolf elated at its victory and demanding its prize.
Hope growled as she lowered herself again to place her nose right under Josie’s jaw as one of her hands grazed up Josie’s side from her waistband to the side of her chest. Hope tried to calm herself down but with the way Josie was trembling and quietly mewling beneath her it was nearly impossible. Josie’s grip tightened on Hope’s shoulders as if silently asking something of her.
Hope needed to distract herself from the pounding of her now painfully hard erection before she ripped Josie’s clothes off and sunk herself into her warmth all the way down to the… oh god. Hope thrusted down again at the mere thought. Breathe. Breathe. Calm down. Hope took Josie’s hands from her shoulders with slight difficulty and pinned them over her head against the soft grass. The new position pushed Josie’s chest up to rub against Hope’s and the alpha connected their lips before her growl could escape. The kiss was fierce with teeth and tongue, Hope doing everything in her power to distract her one track mind.
Josie was whimpering and moaning from all of the new sensations and struggling slightly in her new position. It was all so overwhelming but felt so right. She needed this. She needed Hope. Hope broke their kiss and whispered against her lips with authority, “Use your words.”
It took Joise a second but Hope was delighted that she was obeying the command. “H-Hope, please.”
With Josie begging beneath her Hope was on the verge of losing all matter of control. “Josie, you need to tell me what you want because if you don’t I won’t be able to hold back.” Hope growled the words out through her teeth and as soon as they left her mouth the scent of arousal nearly doubled emanating off of Josie.
Josie leaned up, her shoulders straining and pupils blown, “You. I need you. But just…” Josie paused, remembering her dream and how scared she was. How scary Hope was.
Hope noticed her hesitation and frowned releasing Josie’s hands and holding her soft face comfortingly. “What is it?”
Josie brought her hands to Hope’s shoulders holding the alpha close, grateful for the freedom. Josie sighed looking up into Hope’s open gaze. “Just be gentle with me. I’ve never- well… and you’re… very strong.”
Hope smiled stroking her thumb across Josie’s cheek. “Sweet girl. I will never hurt you or force you to do anything. You make me question all of my control but I can tell you for a fact the last thing I will ever do is hurt you.” Hope smiled gently at the beautiful girl below her. “That being said… When you said you’ve never done this before?” Hope’s wolf thrashed and foamed at the mouth at the thought.
Mine. Only mine.
Josie giggled, “Yes Hope, I’m a virgin.” The girl looked away embarrassed. “Although I’m not sure for how much longer.”
Hope purred, her entire body tensed before she relaxed again. Holding tight to her control. This new information was a game changer and Hope swallowed hard. In the blink of an eye she gripped Josie’s waist and turned them so that Hope was on her back with Josie on top of her. “Love, your first time is not going to be in an open field.” At Josie’s slightly disappointed look she corrected herself.
“That being said, if it’s okay with you, I’d love to play a little. I did catch you after all. Don’t I deserve a reward for that?” Hope smiled wolfishly and Josie returned the smile and stroked her hands down Hope’s chest.
Josie leaned down until her lips were just brushing against Hopes. “Yes alpha, you do deserve a reward.”