Title: A Primal Right.
Word Count: ~58.000. This chapter 3.509
Pairing: Adam/Tommy (Werewolf).
Warnings: Sexual content, minor character death.
Disclaimers: The people you might recognize in here are NOT mine. I'm not making any profit, I'm only doing this for fun. There is no way this ever happened and so on. Oh…. And werewolves don’t exist either…. Sowry.
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Type: Werewolf AU. Romance with just enough angst to make it good.
A/N: This fic is written for my dear friend dkymekare because she loves wolves above.
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Summary: You know that feeling of being in control? Of knowing what happens next? You’ve got it all worked out, knows it’ll be hard work but worth it. You’re so focused on carefully laid plans that you kinda forgot about you…. but then something or someone comes along and changes everything. Suddenly you’re not even in charge of your own heart anymore. Yeah. That’s what happened to me.
Sit down and let me tell you a story… you might want to put your legs up and get comfortable, we’ll be here for a while.
It all began a day I was letting my wolf have some fun in the woods…
I tried to shake off the feeling of something bad sneaking up on us when we walked into the kitchen. Mia must have sensed it and shot me a worried look. I shook my head and she let it go with a small sigh.
“So?” Adam asked Mia with a curious expression.
They shared a smile and with a cute little snort Mia asked, “I’m gonna assume you told him about our talk?” “Yeah.” Adam said, looking a bit sheepish and I nodded slowly.
I wasn’t able to shake the bad feeling off me and I went over to the window to look out. I searched the edge of the forest for anything that could make me feel that way but found nothing, so my gaze found Brad and Trent. They seemed to really hit it off and somehow that eased the knot in my stomach a little.
“Tommy?” Mia asked worriedly. “Are you okay?”
“‘m fine. I just want to be out there.”
Adam came up behind me and enveloped me in a tight hug and I melted into his warmth, but then he tensed and I knew he saw what I did and he didn’t like it one bit. “What is it with him and the men I love?”
I sighed a little and loved Mia for rolling her eyes and laughing off Adam’s hard tone. “Anyway,” she said warmly, making both of us turn to look at her. “I’ve got some great news to share.”
“Oh.” Adam practically beamed. “You asked them?”
“Yes. I asked them and they all agree we'll be safer that way. They have no issue with you being their Alpha as long as it is under the terms that we discussed. I don’t know what kind of spell you cast on all of us that makes all of us respond to you like that. Must be the raw dominant vibe you put off combined with your gentle, loving nature. Whatever it is, we're on board.” Her tone was light and teasing but we all knew there was something very true to her words.
“I’m happy that’s the case.” He looked at me with a wide grin on his beautiful face. “So I guess we should talk to our pack, too?”
“Yeah.” It came out sounding hesitant, which wasn't how I felt about it. But my mind was someplace else. I was concentrating very hard on disguising my scent from them because the hair on the back of my neck was standing and my wolf was more than a little worried. Adam sent me a look of confusion and hurt, he knew something was off with me but not what. He opened his mouth to say something to me but the words got stuck on the tip of his tongue when we all heard a car stop in the driveway. Mia and I locked gazes, her eyes narrowed in anger and fear. “No, he just didn’t.”
Adam stared at Mia in puzzlement but she ignored him in favor of me. I understood her fear but I also realized this wasn't about her pack, well maybe it was, but mostly it was about who was going to be Alpha of our pack after this full moon. I tried to calm her even though I was anxious too. “He’s here to make sure I really do become Alpha tonight. It was to be expected, baby. We asked for postponement and I just broke the law in another matter, of course he’s going to check up on me. He’s not going to be very pleased with me, is he?” I snickered sarcastically trying to lighten the mood a bit.
Adam turned quickly and eyed the man getting out of the car, the low growl in his throat made it perfectly clear how Adam felt about Darren’s visit. He took a hold of my hand and laced our fingers together. ”Well let’s go say hello.”
Adam almost dragged me with him, his long legs moving fast and making me stumble before I got with the program. Mia followed right behind and I felt the scent of her anger cloud my senses. I threw her a quick look and stopped; I knew I had to calm her a bit before going out there otherwise she would boil over, and that had catastrophe written all over it. Adam yanked hard on my hand and I let out a pained, “Stop.”
Adam immediately released my hand as if he'd burned it. I sent him a look of apology. “Adam, I need to talk to Mia before we get out there.”
Adam understood right away and with a small nod he walked right out to greet Darren. I swallowed, I wanted him with me, or to be out there with him, the nervousness that kept creeping up on me made me want to cling to him like a spidermonkey. I tried to shake the feeling off because I had to calm Mia down, let her know that if she let her anger get the best of her then all hell would break loose.
“Mia, baby, he isn’t here for you.” I cradled her face and looked her in the eye before leaning in to press our foreheads together.
“He’s here for me, to make sure I follow through with becoming the Alpha. He needs me to, because he wants me to fight Adam for dominance. He wants us to break up the pack so it becomes smaller, easier for him to win. He isn’t prepared for how badly I’ve messed up his plans, so let Mom and Adam deal with him okay?"
I took a deep breath before I continued. "And if there is another threat made against you we’ll all deal with it. Just calm down and be cool. He wants you hot headed, he’s waiting for you to make a mistake, that’s the message he sent home with Sasha the other day. Please don’t lose focus, don’t make it easy for him.”
I pulled back and Mia met my gaze for a long time and then she let out a little breathy sound, her shoulders relaxed a bit and I knew I had gotten through to her.
“One wrong move, Tommy, and he’s mine. You hear me?”
“Um, I think you have to talk to Adam about that.” I said, glancing outside.
Darren and Adam were shaking hands, both seeming to measure the other one up. The one thing that stood out to anybody who happened to be watching though was Adam’s complete lack of submissiveness. He looked straight into Darren’s eyes, chin up and shoulders square.
“Where’s Dia?” Mia wondered out loud and the fear that had disappeared came rocketing back full force.
I realized then that I hadn’t seen Mom since Adam went to get Brad and that was about two hours ago. Mom never left the pack on a full moon day, she always made those days about family and bonding. My worry suddenly seemed to make perfect sense. Mia looked at me and took my hand and with a light squeeze she said, “I think we better get out there.”
The tension between Adam and Darren was palpable when we reached them. A thin politeness was stretched out between them and it was the only thing keeping Darren from exploding in fury and Adam from going for his throat.
There was no doubt that Darren was angry with me when his cold hard stare found its way to me.
“Tommy Joe, I see you found a way to stay in the shadows.”
I almost got frost bite from the ice in his voice, and I had to pull my wolf up by the neck to look into his eyes without acknowledging his status. I wasn’t about to show him how much his tone affected me, I was still Tommy Joe, stubborn, passionate and fierce. And Adam was the only wolf I would ever truly submit to.
“I never wanted the spotlight.” I said in defiance.
Darren scowled, “I gave you a direct order.”
“You know I can’t deny my mate what he desires, and he wanted the change, to share my world. I only did what came natural to my wolf.”
Darren narrowed his eyes when Adam put a possessive arm around my waist. A small cold smile tugged at the corner of Darren’s lips when he discreetly checked out my neck. My mother’s warning about Adam needing to claim me echoed through my head. I wanted to cover my neck with my hand even though our scents gave him all the information he needed to know about the status of our mating, just the same as a mark would have.
“Hmm, seems like I need to talk to Dia. Where is your mother?”
I expected arrogance and a demanding question to my impertinence, not the cruel smirk I got from him. A slight chill ran down my spine and I knew something was wrong, and all I could think was ‘where the hell is my mother?’
Darren casually looked at Adam and asked, “Do you mind I stick around until she’s back?”
I knew Adam had felt me tense and I also knew there was no way Adam could deny Darren's request, not without being rude and if anything that would make Darren and perhaps even the rest of the council see red. I knew, because I felt his dilemma.
Adam was impressive though, he kept his posture and with the most nonchalant little shrug he said, “Sure, be my guest.” Adam made a small gesture that made it clear that Darren was in charge of his own entertainment and that he was free to use the meadow with the rest of the people there.
I wish I had that kind of self-control but I didn’t and I still don’t. The tight knot of anxiety in my stomach tightened, I fucking hated Darren's games.
Darren took the offer and with one last cold glare at me he went over to the table by the porch. Several people were already gathered there drinking a hot cup of coffee and enjoying some of Mom’s awesome cookies, among them were Trent and Brad who seemed to be lost in their own little world.
I almost jumped out of my fucking skin, when Mia pushed at my mind. I immediately opened up to her and Adam, knowing it was the only safe way to communicate. I turned to look at her, my heart beating too fast not to be noticed by the rest of the pack, and Darren, if I wasn’t careful. Adam snuck a peek at Darren and obviously concluded the same because he forcefully spun me around in his arms and pulled me into a rough kiss, because he knew that always made my heart race. When the kiss ended, Mia’s voice filled my head. We need to find your mother, Tommy.
I know, I have a really bad feeling about this. Something is wrong; she never disappears without saying something and least of all on a day like this. I answered her.
Mia and Adam shared a worried look before Adam’s soft voice washed over me. I have no doubt that Darren is pissed about this turn of events. I have no way of proving this but I have a feeling that he’s up to something. I mean that smirk...
Yeah, I know. Not to mention my wolf’s behavior, the last time I was this worried was - I felt the blood rush from my face when I realized the last time my wolf had been this.
Your dad. Mia finished for me. Last time you were on edge like this was the day your dad died.
Adam’s blue eyes found mine but the understanding and empathy I found there wasn’t comforting at all.
Fuck! Listen, baby go search for her but take someone with you, okay? Someone that wouldn’t look suspicious. I can’t go with you and neither can Mia, it would be too obvious and-
You’re needed here, yeah I know. I looked around and my eyes landed on Brad and it appeared to me that if things went sour, then this was the last place he should be.
I’ll take Jillian and Brad with me.
Adam frowned and I explained. If I take Brad with me I can get him out of harm’s way in case. I can’t take Mike or Trent without alarming Darren, and I need a wolf to back me if I didn't even want to put voice to that thought. Jillian is a very strong wolf.
The way you think. I got a proud smile from him. Go baby, and please be careful and keep you mind open so I can reach you. He pressed a chaste but lingering kiss to my lips and let me go.
I crossed the meadow slowly taking my time to small-talk and connect to everyone I passed on my way to Jillian on the play blanket, not just because I didn’t want to be obvious but because now more than ever I needed to do that. I loved each and every one of them and the thought of the worst case scenario made me want to cherish every last touch with my pack.
When I reached Jillian and Rose on the blanket I knelt down to get the hug Rose was offering me. I lifted her up and with her small arms around my neck and her face nuzzled under my jaw I met Jillian’s eyes. Jillian, who’s always been an observant person and knew me so well, asked me even before I got a chance to use my telepathy. Where’s Dia?
I don’t know and I need your help to find her. With Darren here and with the threats on Mia’s pack, I can’t go alone and-
The usual suspects aren’t good choices today, yeah I can see that.
I didn’t mean it like that. She stood up and reached out to put a hand over mine, just covering it.
I know Tommy and I’m honored you would ask me, I wouldn’t be anywhere else than by your side, she glanced at Adam who pretended to be fascinated by something Mike was saying, or his. Just let me hand Rose off to Sasha or Brooke.
Yeah. I squeezed the little girl in my arms a little before handing her over to Jillian. And we need to get Brad out of here, I looked at Rose and my heart clenched. I know my heartache was clear in my eyes because I did nothing to cover it. You know, in case … I wasn’t able to go on, not when I was looking at Rose’s sweet and innocent face.
Jillian sent me a forced smile and then her love and pride for her daughter took over when Rose snuggled close, enjoying her mother’s embrace.
Give me two minutes and I’ll meet you guys in the driveway.
Once again I tried to shake the worried feeling that was completely dominating my emotional state. When I reached Brad and Trent, I put a hand on Brad’s shoulder to get his attention. His brown eyes sparkled with joy when he turned, a beautiful smile lit up his face. An excited “Tommy Joe!” spilled out when he saw me.
“I hate to be the one to break up your time together,” I looked at Trent in apology. “Especially when you seem to be enjoying yourselves, but it’s time to go. I’ll walk you back if you don’t mind. I would love to get to know you a bit better.”
“I can do that.” Trent said, sounding hopeful.
I shook my head. “Not today, okay?”
What’s up? He narrowed his eyes and gave me the look that said ‘fess up TJ or I’ll drag it out of you’.
Mom’s missing and I need to find her. Adam needs you here, it would look suspicious if you went with me, with our history… if Darren has something to do with it, which is a pretty good guess. Trent threw a quick glance at Darren and Brad who clearly wasn’t stupid put two and two together.
“Oh my God, you two are talking?”
Trent’s hand shot out and grabbed Brad’s to silence him and it worked. They both looked at one another with wide eyes when their skin touched, and I smiled knowingly, happy for them.
Trent released his grip and blinked a couple of times before looking at me. I winked at him and a slow dawning smile spread on his face.
Take care of him and get him out of here. I think he might be-
Your mate, I know. I’ll do my best.
“Ready?” I asked Brad quietly.
“No, but I guess I have no say in the matter?”
“Not really, but you’ll always be welcome here.”
Brad nodded and with a longing look over his shoulder he walked away with me to join Jillian. We began our walk up the driveway and through the forest, heading into town. I kept using my telepathy to try and reach Mom and my worry increased every second that went by with no response. Jillian tried too but with the same result.
As soon as we were out of Darren's hearing range I let Brad in on what was going on and why we had to get him out of there. Horror wrecked his beautiful face and he immediately wanted to go back to confront Darren and I had to smile; Brad wasn’t going to make things easy on Trent. That much was clear.
Jillian grabbed my wrist. “Shhh.” She whispered.
We all stopped and listened. And there it was a weak whimper almost drowned out by the wind. Mom? Damn it Mom, I need to hear you, where the fuck are you? You’re scaring me.
Jillian laced our fingers together and Brad hugged my side despite not being able to hear me. We kept close as we left the driveway and followed a small trail, listening as closely as we possibly could.
“Tommy, I hate to ask, but is this a good idea? Leaving the road? I mean, can you reach Adam and let him know where we are? Or are we too far away for that?” Brad whispered.
“I’ll do that the second we find her, he’s got plenty to worry about at home and he needs to keep his focus on Darren.”
Jillian nodded in agreement.
Another pained muffled moan reached our ears and when the wind shifted the coppery smell of blood hit our noses. Jillian sniffed the air and took a step forward but I held her back.
“Jillian, I need you to take Brad and get him home safely and I need you to get in touch with Adam, this reeks of Darren and he needs to be careful. I’m gonna change to wolf and find Mom, I need all my senses for this.”
“No, I’m staying, he’ll kill me if I leave and something happens to you.” Brad protested.
Genuine loyalty and love for Adam shone in his eyes and I saw exactly what Adam saw in this man.
“Listen Brad, I appreciate the thought, I really do. But my first concern right now is to get to my mother in time and then the wellbeing of my pack, which includes Adam and Trent.” I looked at him pointedly. “I can’t be at my best if I have to keep you safe too, and I promised to get you home safely. Please Brad, this isn’t the time to be stubborn or heroic.”
“Says the tiny and delicate looking boy. He’s never going to forgive me if-”
“Or the other way around and I’m the only one with supernatural powers here so the odds are in my favor.”
I could feel Jillian’s gaze on me and I felt her worry too. “Maybe we should stay together, Tommy. We made this arrangement for a reason.
“I know, but I need him out of here, obviously the game has changed, this just became real and I won’t have the death of Adam’s best friend and Trent’s mate on my conscience.”
“Alright. I’ll get him home and return to Adam. But please be careful, we need you. Adam needs you.”
“You too, be careful and don’t go back alone. Call him instead and let him know where I am. We need you too, Rose needs you.”
Jillian looked at me for a long time and must have found what she was looking for because she gave me a small nod and took Brad by the arm, dragging him off after her.
I shed my clothes and shifted to my pearly white furred Wolf. I knew my fur would light up the forest but I needed to follow the scents in the shifting air and I needed the full force of my hearing to pin down where those muffled and painful moans were coming from.