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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 41 (v.1) - Common Ground

Submitted: November 02, 2009

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41

"Do you even know where you're taking her?" Lucas asked as he watched me take down a buck from a high tree branch.

I looked back up at him, annoyed. "I'm letting Chasity choose," I replied simply before touching my lips to the deer's throat.

"And then afterwards..." he trailed off, wiggling his eyebrows at me suggestively.

I sighed, pulling myself away from the drained animal. "After she eats, I'm bringing her back to our house to watch a movie."

Not any of your sick ideas. I added internally.

Lucas nodded, and began swinging his legs back and forth. "You 'bout ready to head back now?"

I shrugged, dragging the back of my and across my mouth to erase any sign of blood from my lips.

He jumped down from the branch, and landed quietly on his feet beside me. "Have you talked to Peter yet?" he asked, stuffing his hands into the front pockets of his jeans.

My eyebrows fell in confusion. "About what?"

"Chasity joining the family, I thought maybe you were considering it."

"I've only known her for a few weeks."

"So? Does that make you love her any less?"

"Well, no..."

"Then why not talk to both of them about it?" he suggested.

"I just don't want to push Chasity into anything she isn't ready for," I replied.

Lucas shrugged his shoulders indifferently. "It's your choice, and she's your mate. Not mine."

"I think I'll at least talk to Peter about it," I mumbled, mostly to myself.

He grinned at me, and then set of running. I just rolled my eyes and quickly followed him as he led the way back to our house.

* * *

I stood, staring at the wooden door that led into Peter's study, trying to decide if I should talk to him.

It's not like he's going to say no. The monster muttered.

"You know that you can come in Dustin," Peter said softly. "You don't have to knock."

"Okay," I murmured as I reached down for the door knob with a shaky hand.

Get a grip. The monster growled, pushing himself forward so that my hand stilled.

Thanks.

Shut up. He grumbled as he sank into the back of my mind once again.

I took in a steady breath and entered the room.

The bed that had been in the corner was gone, even the monitors had disappeared. Peter's study was back to its original state. The off white walls were lined with shelves, old paintings, files and books.

"Is there something you needed?" he asked from behind his desk.

"I wanted to ask you something, if that's alright," I said quietly.

He nodded with an encouraging smile, and motioned to one of the cushioned chairs in front of his desk. "Go ahead."

I sat down in the chair across form him hesitantly. "It's about Chasity." I couldn't meet his eyes.

"Is something wrong with her?" I shook my head. "Then what is it?"

"Lucas thought that maybe..."

"Wait," Peter said suddenly, holding up his hands to stop me. I glanced up at him curiously. "Lucas gave you the idea?"

"Yeah."

"And you're listening to what ever idea he gave you?"

"Mm-hmm."

He shrugged and leaned back into his black leather chair casually. "Then please, by all means, continue."

"He suggested that I talk to you about Chasity joining the family," I said with a half smile.

"As a vampire?"

My smile faded. "Absolutely not."

Peter's eyes turned apologetic. "Then as a human...?" I nodded. "I think it's a wonderful idea."

"Really?"

"Of course. She's a very sweet girl Dustin, and I'd be honored for her to become a Shepard."

"Your approval really means a lot to me," I told him.

"Why would I have said no in the first place?" he asked lightly. "I already think of Chasity as one of my daughters, as does Olivia. And Jane and Lucas think of her as their sister. After all, just like you said, it was his idea for you to talk to me about her  joining the family." He sat back upright, and laid his hands out on the desk before him. "Do you have a specific date that you want to ask her?"

I shrugged my shoulders. "Just...when the time feels right to me."

He smiled, and then scribbled down a few words on a pad of paper.

"So, what were you working on before I interrupted?" I asked casually.

Peter looked up at me, worry creasing his brow. "I'm afraid you'll be a bit angered if I tell you," he admitted.

"How could I ever be angry with you?" I questioned, disbelief coloring my tone.

"Well, I've been trying to figure out how Kira could have changed her venom so that it only killed."

I swallowed harshly. "Any luck with that?"

His eyes immediately turned skeptical. "None what so ever, actually. I've been making some phone calls to a few friends, to see if they've heard of such a thing, and none of them have."

I glanced back at the door. "I-I think I should probably go and get ready."

Peter nodded calmly. "Have fun on your date," he murmured as I stood up.

I stopped, and looked back at him from over my shoulder once I had reached the door. "You know about my date with Chasity?"

He rolled his eyes at me. "Who doesn't?"

I felt my lips twitch in amusement. "I'll see you later then, and...thanks."

"Keep her safe."

"I will," I promised before closing the door behind myself and heading down the hall to my room so I could change.

* * *

"Quit your pacing," Lucas groaned, throwing his arm over his eyes and sighing heavily. "I can't see the TV with you in front of it."

I stopped instantly. "Sorry, I didn't even know I was doing it."

"Whatever," he said, sitting back up.

I sat down on the couch across from him, and nervously began strumming my fingers on the arm of the couch.

Lucas glared at my fingers with an annoyed expression.

"It's getting late," I said quietly.

His eyes narrowed even further. "That's because Jane's getting her ready. She's always late."

"But Chasity's never late."

"You've never been on a date with her before so how would you know?"

"I've picked her up for school before," I pointed out.

Lucas shot up off the couch. "Just stop!" he yelled at me. My eyes widened in surprise. "I can't take it anymore. You're making me nervous, and I don't get nervous. I'm going up there to see what the hell is going on," he said as he stormed out of the living room.

I watched him go, not blinking once. "Holy shit," I breathed.

He's got a little bit of a temper, doesn't he? The monster chuckled.

I looked up at the ceiling at the sound of rushed footsteps as Lucas ran into the bedroom he shared with Jane, and I couldn't help but let out a small laugh.

Well, now I know how to bug him. I thought as I leaned forward so I could rest my elbows on my knees.

I leaned even further and snatched the remote from where it had fell from Lucas's lap and started channel surfing.

Three and a half minutes later, Lucas burst back into the living room. "Ten more minutes and she'll be ready to leave," he announced, taking the remote right out of my ands and plopping back down on the couch he'd been sitting on earlier.

I rolled my eyes at him.

"Oh, by the way, it'll totally be worth the wait," he grinned that famous grin of his and switched the channel back to ESPN.

"What do you mean?" I asked cautiously.

"Chasity's in a dress, and she looks pretty hot if you know what I mean," Lucas wiggled his eyebrows at me again, which I found was something that I never was able to do.

Rage began to boil within me. "Why were you...looking at her in that perspective?" I choked out.

"Whoa, Dustin. Chill out," he sat up and raised his hands in defense. "She's like my fucking sister. I ain't gonna do anything to her. I love Jane, try to remember that."

I nodded. Right, he loves Jane.

"Besides, she's already a bit pissed at me for saying that to Chasity anyway so I don't need you to beat me too."

"You said that to Chasity?" I asked incredulously.

He sighed dramatically. "Relax. All Chasity did was turn redder than a fucking tomato."

"Sorry."

"I'd probably do the same thing if someone said that about Jane," he admitted.

"So, it's normal for me to feel so...territorial?" I asked hesitantly.

"Yeah," he replied, shutting off the TV and getting to his feet. "We should probably head to the stairs, they should be just about done now."

I nodded and stood up before following him to the bottom of the main staircase.

"Here she comes," Lucas whispered to me as he waited for my reaction.

Chasity, led by Jane and Olivia, carefully and very slowly started walking down the stairs. She was wearing a light color yellow sundress that fit her...well, perfectly.

"Told you she looked hot," he said, elbowing me in the ribs playfully. For once, I didn't do anything back. I wasn't even able to look away from her just yet.

As soon as Chasity's feet had touched the last step, I had my arms around her and my mouth was on hers.

"Lucas is wrong," I told her, as I moved my lips to her throat and softly kissed my way up to her ear. "You look...words can't even describe how beautiful you are."

Her cheeks burst into hot flames, and her heart fluttered. "Thanks," she mumbled. "You too...not beautiful, but...you know what I mean."

I nodded, and pressed my lips to her pulse point once again.

"Okay, time for the two love birds to go on their date," Jane said, clapping her hands together excitedly. "None of s will be here when you get back, so have fun and you can tell me all about it later Chasity."

Chasity nodded, and we both backed away from each other. She looked up at me from under her dark eyelashes as she linked her arm through mine.

"Be safe!" Olivia and Lucas called out in unison.

My eyes widened in horror, and I glanced down at Chasity quickly to see if she'd heard them. She had.

The door was slammed shut by Jane, not giving either of us the chance to say anything more to them.

She looked up at me with questioning eyes, but I didn't speak. I just smiled and pretended that I had no idea what any of them had meant by their comments.

Just a small fib. I told myself. Nothing bad can come of it.

I shook my head slightly and opened up the passenger door so Chasity could get inside.

"That was...interesting," she said once we had buckled in.

I twisted the key in the ignition and the car purred to life. "Yes. Yes it was," I agreed as I turned the car out onto the road. "Kind of embarrassing too," I added.

She rolled her eyes and laughed quietly. "Embarrassing for you."

If I could've blushed, I would've. "Maybe," I mumbled.

"It's okay," she told me, reaching out to touch my forearm. "My family is nuts too."

I shifted my eyes to her face and smiled. "We have something in common then."

"I guess we do," she murmured, returning my smile lovingly. "I'm glad."

"Me too."


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