Teddy wants revenge after losing his face at the Waterhole the other day, so at the first occasion he corners Taïga for a game of pool. He racks while Taïga surreptitiously watches Derek and Elspeth, deep in conversation.
‘Doesn’t Derek like playing?’
‘Oh, he likes shooting pool all right.’ Teddy aims the cue ball at the first ball in the rack.
‘Then why doesn’t he play?’
The balls roll all over the table. ‘Ask him.’ He pockets the first ball and glances at Taïga. ‘Yay! Did you see that?’
But Taïga’s attention is elsewhere. She can’t take her eyes away from Elspeth who traces the outline of Derek’s t-shirt with her index finger. ‘She’s so touchy-feely. Gosh!’
‘Never mind…’ Taïga tries to focus on the game, but it’s an easy win for Teddy this time.
With the Christmas holidays coming up, the girls at APYR thought it could be fun to throw a party. Their basement is big enough, and they’ll only invite their closest friends. Taïga is supposed to talk to Chuck as he seems to like her a lot, but she’s not sure he’ll adhere to the whole idea of filling his basement with drunk teenagers. Of course, they’re not supposed to drink, but Chuck knows his inmates. Even if there’s not supposed to be any hard liquor, Elspeth is already planning on getting beer.
Taïga tells Derek about their plans as they’re waiting for the bus after school, wanting him to talk to his relative, Johnny.
‘… so what do you think about it?’ she asks hopefully.
‘I can’t believe you! You didn’t listen at all?’
‘I did. It was just err… complicated…’ Derek smiles that aggravating cocky smile, looking expectantly at her. Taïga just glares back. Shaking her head she starts towards the bus.
‘Hey!’ he calls after her. ‘I’ll have a word with Johnny… and Chuck!’
Taïga stops and smiles to herself. ‘Great!’ She waves and resumes walking towards their bus.
‘I don’t feel well…’ Elspeth moans, turning this way and that in front of the mirror.
‘Uh-huh…’ Taïga’s busy texting Linn and Loki and doesn’t even look up.
‘Maybe it’s the four peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you had instead of lunch?’ Chase volunteers.
‘I had lunch!’
‘Well. Then it’s definitely the sandwiches. Maybe you should be a little more careful what you’re stuffing your face with.’
‘Do you imply that I’m fat?’
Chase looks her over. ‘Now that you mention it…’
‘I’m not fat…’ She passes her hands on her not so flat stomach, grimacing. ‘Urgh… I don’t think I can make it to work this afternoon… You don’t have any pain killers, do you?’
Chase shakes her head. ‘Ask Jupiter…’
Taïga looks up from her texting. ‘You shouldn’t take painkillers all the time. They’re not M&M’s you know.’
Elspeth just glares at her. ‘Well, I can see you’re in good shape, Miss Perfect… What about the party? Did you ask Chuck?’
‘No, I didn’t.’ Elspeth whirls around as Taïga adds, ‘But Derek said he would at least talk to Johnny.’
Elspeth stares at Taïga and mimics her voice, ‘Derek said he would… Can’t you do anything by yourself?’
Irritated, Taïga puts down her cell. ‘What’s been eating you lately? Don’t you realize how rude and irritable you are?’
Chase thinks Taïga might be a little harsh. ‘Why don’t you tell us about it and maybe we can work something out together.’
‘Well, I admit that it would help to talk to someone about it. But that someone is certainly not you!’ She stomps out of the room. Chase throws a “told-you-so” glance at Taïga who shrugs and resumes her texting. Her cell vibrates. “Meet us in the stables 🙂 ASAP” Taïga smiles to herself, texts back “BRT” and jumps off the bed.
Derek doesn’t have class on this afternoon, and Teddy has convinced Taïga to play hooky. They meet in the stables, waiting for the others to leave for their afternoon classes or their jobs.
‘You can come out now! The coast is clear!’ Derek calls from his vantage point.
‘Are you sure they’re all gone?’
‘Yep. All of them.’
Squealing with laughter they run outside and start building a snowman.
‘I can’t believe we’re doing this! Just like when we were little.’ Taïga enthuses.
‘Yeah… Just imagine the others if they saw us!’ Teddy smiles.
‘Move over, kiddos!’ Derek places the head on top.
‘I’ll get some stones!’ Teddy hurries away towards the parking and Taïga takes out a carrot from her pocket. She looks at it wistfully.
‘C’mon, Freebird won’t mind!’ Derek teases.
Taïga looks at him, screwing the carrot firmly in place on the round head. ‘Do you remember Mr. Bumble?’
Derek shakes his head.
‘Don’t you remember? The man who lived over by the Fae Ray Gardens? He looked like a bumble bee.’
‘You mean Branch Timbley?’
‘Yeah.’ They beam at each other, both remembering their first snowman and how they thought it looked like Mr. Timbley.*
‘Did you know he was a peeping Tom?’
Taïga gapes. ‘No, way.’
‘He got caught looking into Serena Wilkins window one night…’ Teddy’s back with a lot of black stones and a scarf. ‘She was lucky her parents saw him. God knows how often he had stood outside touching himself.’
‘Really? That’s awful. Tell me what happened!’
They are finishing the decoration of the snowman when someone’s suddenly laughing behind them.
‘Oh. My. God. I can’t believe you guys made a snowman! How old are you?’
Taïga sighs and sits down on the bench. Darn Elspeth has to destroy everything!
‘Old enough to have fun.’ Derek answers her.
‘I’m old enough to have fun…’ Elspeth flirts. ‘But she isn’t!’ Elspeth throws a malevolent glance at Taïga.
‘Aren’t you supposed to be at the bookstore right now?’ Taïga adds.
‘I called in sick. Aren’t you supposed to be in school?’ Her attention is drawn back to Derek. ‘So, are we having a party or not?’
Derek leans against the snowman, smiling. ‘We are. Chuck said it’s OK next Friday before everyone leave for the holidays. So it’s kind of an early Christmas party.’
‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ Taïga is offended. He could have told her a hundred times this afternoon, personally or texting, and now he drops the bomb to Elspeth of all people.
Elspeth snuggles up to Derek, whispering something in his ear that makes him laugh. Taïga glares at them and starts off towards the house.
‘Where are you going?’ Teddy asks.
Shooting myself. ‘Doing my homework,’ she mutters.
Suddenly the earth disappears beneath her and she screams with frightened delight as she’s hoisted by Derek’s strong arms onto his shoulder.
‘What are you doing? Let go off me! You can’t do this! Let me go!’ Taïga struggles, hammering Derek’s back with her fists.
‘You macho pig! Let me down!’
‘Stop shouting,’ he answers calmly. ‘Or I’ll spank you!’
‘Don’t you dare!’
‘Oh, I dare!’ Grinning, he slaps her butt.
It doesn’t really hurt, but Taïga is so outraged she just gasps. ‘Are you out of your mind!?! Let me down!’
Unceremoniously he dumps her into the snow, and sits on his heels in front of her. ‘Will you stop acting like a child and listen to me now?’
‘No! Definitely not! Why should I listen to a misogynic Alpha male who thinks he can do whatever he pleases just because he’s got more… more-’ She wipes away a strand of hair from her face. ‘… muscles…’
‘Alpha male? I like that.’
‘Mysogynic Alpha male.’
‘Oh, that changes everything, huh?’
‘Woman-hater if you prefer.’ She glares at him and he smiles his lopsided grin.
‘But I love women… it’s spoilt brats I can’t stand.’
Taïga just gapes at him. ‘Me? A spoilt brat? You’re so full of it, Derek Vargas.’ She scrambles to her feet and starts walking away.
‘Actually, I meant Elspeth.’
Triumphantly Taïga turns around with a hint of a smile, ‘Obviously-’
‘That doesn’t mean you’re not still a kid.’
Her eyes narrows to furious slits and she opens her mouth to say something but thinks better of it. Derek swears to himself. Where did that come from? Really? I put my foot in it again. Get a grip on yourself, Der.
‘I’m not a kid,’ she says petulantly, adding ‘I wish you would stop calling me that.’
‘Then stop acting like one.’
‘Really? What have I done? I hope this is not about the snowman.’
‘It’s not about the stupid snowman. It’s about you stomping off.’
‘What did you expect me to do? Stay and watch Elspeth all over you? Because that’s really adult now, huh? I think her behavior is childish, trying to make her point all the time. So OK, I guess I’m a child at heart after all. But you can’t understand that, I bet you don’t even have one!’
‘I can’t believe you and Teddy are family. Gaah. Teddy is so kind and sensible. Making a snowman was his idea and not at all stupid. Even you enjoyed yourself, didn’t you? But I bet you never come up with something creative and sensible.’
‘I do sensible things. Sometimes.’
‘That’s exactly what I meant.’
‘I make snow angels,’ he blurts out before he has the time to think. He groans. I told you to get a grip on yourself! One foot isn’t enough, you have to jump in, both feet first! Now she’ll laugh at you.
But Taïga doesn’t laugh. ‘What?’
‘Just forget it!’ Derek looks at his feet.
‘You? Snow angels?’
He looks sheepishly at her. ‘Yeah, well… Stupid isn’t it?’
Taïga just shakes her head, ‘Dare!’
They slap each other’s hands as when they were kids.
They stand back to back, as if they were getting ready for a duel.
‘Like when we were kids, huh? Remember the first snow angel?’
‘Yeah…’ She’s suddenly overwhelmed of emotions. Blinking furiously to keep her tears at bay, she recalls the story he had once told her about a young angel who lost his wings and powers because he fell in love with a human girl. She died in an accident and the angel perished of sorrow and guilt, lying in the snow looking at the stars until he froze to death and was reunited with his love. His body vanished, only leaving the trace of an angel in the snow…
They take a few steps apart before letting themselves fall backwards into the immaculate snow…
Taïga stares up at the rosy sky, feeling the cold seize her head through her hood. Clouds of powdery snow whirl around them, settling on her cheeks and melting with an almost burning sensation. She laughs, and she can hear Derek laugh, too. Since they met again she’s suffering a turmoil of feelings, wanting one minute to slap him, the other to kiss him. She wants to laugh and cry and just be held by him. She closes her eyes, tasting the snow on her lips. Probably just hormones running amok… She can’t be bipolar, can she? Her laughter stops abruptly.
‘What are you two doing?’
‘What does it look like?’ Derek gruffly answers the handyman who’s staring down at them.
Johnny chuckles. ‘I won’t tell you, son, or you’ll never forgive me…’ He stomps away towards the stables. ‘Give me a hand with the supplies, will you? The truck is parked behind the barn.’
Taïga tries not to destroy her snow angel as she rises. They both look at each other for a moment, Taïga being the first to break the eye contact. ‘I’m freezing. I think I’ll go have a hot shower.’ She brushes off snow from her pants with her wet gloves.
‘Why don’t you take a bath? We have a tub in our bathroom.’ The cold doesn’t seem to bother Derek, he doesn’t even have any gloves on.
‘I don’t know…’
‘And bath salts…’
‘No… It’s OK.’
‘… and bubble bath…’
Taïga tries not to laugh. ‘OK. I surrender, I can’t argue with someone who talks “bubble bath” fluently!’
‘I can rub your back if you want to?’ He winks.
God, I’d love that. ‘I bet you would.’ She turns and walks briskly towards the house.
Taïga turns around, only to get hit by a snowball. Hard.
‘Get up! Don’t be such a “sissy”!’ Derek feigns a British accent.
‘Prick! You don’t realize how hard you throw, don’t you?’
‘Nope.’ He throws another one, less hard. ‘And I didn’t realize you were made off glass!’ And another.
Taïga covers her head to protect herself against the next attack. Melting snow is trickling in beneath her polo neck and she shudders. ‘Just stop!’
Another. ‘Say you give up!’
‘Don’t push it!’ Taïga gets on her feet, hiding a snow ball in her fist. She catches him in the chest and ducks quickly behind the bushes surrounding the flagpole. ‘You’re on!’
‘Hi guys! What are you-’
Both Taïga and Derek turn around, throwing their snowballs at poor Teddy, who as usual steps through a door at the wrong moment…
Laughing, Taïga seizes the opportunity to hurry inside.
There is nothing better than a long hot soak to clear the mind. Taïga plays with the bubbles and then just relaxes in the soothing bath. She inhales deeply, closing her eyes.
This bubble bath smells like a small slice of heaven.
A knock on the door pulls her out of her reverie. ‘Taïga, Thomas has downloaded a new horror movie. I just wondered if you’d like to see it?’ Teddy asks.
‘Sure. I’ll be right there,’ she answers, reaching for a towel.
Thomas is a horror freak and he loves scary movies. Tonight he’s downloaded “Wild Country”, a story about werewolves in Scotland. Derek joins them a while after the film has started. He thinks it’s crap, way too much screaming and running around in the dark, but he stays anyway, watching Taïga closely. It’s far more interesting to study her features than follow what’s happening on the screen… She gasps and closes her eyes when she’s expecting something bad to happen and he longs to take her in his arms and comfort her.
But instead she grabs Teddy’s hand and he responds by reaching out and pulling her closer to him. Derek’s mouth is but a thin line as he watches his brother. Their eyes meet over Taïga’s back, the expression on Derek’s face making Teddy quickly withdraw his hand.
‘I hate those kind of films,’ Taïga says sniveling when the film is over.
Teddy rubs her shoulder amiably. ‘But that was a happy ending!’
‘No, it wasn’t. The monster killed all of them, including her boyfriend! It was awful…’
Derek studies his fingers, then he sighs and stretches. ‘I’m off to bed. I agree with Taïga, the film was crap.’
‘C’mon, Taïga. It’s just a film.’ Teddy plants a kiss on her cheek, making Derek stop and stare.
‘Can we have a word, Ted?’
‘I’m coming.’ Reluctantly he lets go off her. ‘Will you be all right, Taïga?’
She nods, hugging herself.
Taïga can’t sleep. After tossing and turning for a while, she sneaks back to Derek and Teddy’s room. Teddy is busy shooting zombies on his laptop and doesn’t even notice her, but Derek puts his book down as soon as she enters the room, looking inquiringly at her.
‘I’m sorry, but I couldn’t sleep.’ She grimaces, shrugging.
‘You shouldn’t watch scary movies before going to bed, kiddo.’
Taïga glares at him. ‘Stop calling me that. I’m not a kid!’
‘To me you are.’ He stares at her face, trying to avoid looking at her far from childish body. ‘Fifteen. That’s a kid.’ He fights not to let his eyes stray, but when she turns her back on him and walks over to his bed, he can’t help admiring her firm ass in her sweatpants. Like Hell she looks like a kid… But she is, so stop all thoughts about her that way. Now. He decides they’re on deep water and changes the subject. ‘So, what was scary?’
Taïga sits down on his bed. ‘The werewolf of course! It was horrible! And so sad when the guy sacrificed himself to save his girlfriend at the end…’
Derek snorts. ‘Have you thought about why? Why did they have to kill… it? It only tried to protect its baby…’ Derek says irritated at her standard reaction.
Taïga turns towards him. ‘I think that was sad too, like a lion protecting its cub. But then again, it was the werewolf which attacked first and the cute little baby will grow up to be a monster and continue killing innocent people!’
‘It’s not his fault, he hasn’t chosen his destiny.’
‘Next you’ll tell me Charles Manson and Ted Bundy were cute babies once!’
‘They probably were, but that’s not the question. I don’t think you’re born a psychopath, it’s something you become. But you don’t chose to be cursed. Becoming a werewo-’
‘I’ve got an idea!’ He’s interrupted by Teddy who thinks their conversation is not going anywhere safe.
They both look at him.
‘Why don’t you paint us? It could be fun!’
‘I don’t think so…’ Taïga is reticent. She would like to continue talking to Derek. ‘It will take so much time.’
‘Knock it off, Teddy. Maybe she can’t!’
‘I can’t do what?’
‘Paint portraits,’ Derek teases.
‘Of course I can! But if it’s good or not depends… The model must be patient enough to hold the pose for hours…’
‘C’mon, paint me. I can do art modelling as long as long as you let me keep my pants on.’ Derek looks deadpan at her.
‘Gosh, is he serious?’ she asks Teddy, who shrugs.
‘Watch me!’ He jumps up from the couch and starts sashaying though the room like a Diesel model, sexy and provocative, his jeans hanging low on his hips.
He stops right in front of her.
‘Like this, kiddo?’ He passes a hand through his unruly short hair, throwing her a cocky glance.
Taïga swallows. Oh, yes. She likes this. Her eyes are drawn to his waistline and the black ink hidden by his pants, wondering what the tattoo represents. It looks like some kind of animal, but she can’t be sure…
Teddy grabs the cell lying by the laptop –which happens to be Taïga’s -and starts shooting away.
‘Rrrreugarde-mwoahhh, pumpkin.’ Teddy takes a French accent. ‘Yoou arrrre bioutifoul… Yesss… Zat’s rrright, ‘old ze pose, gimme morrrre … mooorrre emozzion….’
Derek pouts, strutting around batting his eyelashes. Taïga is crying with laughter. ‘OK! OK! I’ll do it! Just stop before I pee myself!’
‘OK. What do you want me to do?’
‘Just be natural.’
‘Like this?’ He strikes a pose showing off his muscles.
‘Is that your definition of natural?’ He shrugs. ‘Just be your usual brooding self…’
His attention is drawn to Teddy who’s sitting on the floor, chuckling as he’s looking through the pictures on Taïga’s phone. ‘Hey, Ted. Erase them will you?’
‘Perfect! Stay just like that.’ Taïga enthuses. ‘Now don’t move…’
After a while, Taïga tells him he can relax, she doesn’t need him to pose anymore.
‘Can I have a look?’
‘Hey… You’re good… It really looks like me! Well, it is me…’
Taïga smiles, continuing her work.
Taïga is painting fast, her brush flying over the canvass. She’s so concentrated on her gouache that she forgets all about Derek who’s discretely standing behind her, watching in fascinated awe his face taking form on the canvass. Teddy has abandoned them a while ago and is softly snoring in his bed.
‘So… What do you think?’ Taïga puts down her easel and takes a step back, right into the arms of Derek.
‘Gorgeous…’ But he isn’t looking at the painting. Taïga’s heart skips a beat, but Derek lets go of her.
‘I love it. I think you’re quite talented, kiddo.’ He kisses her chastely on her head. ‘Can I hang it on the wall?’
‘You should wait till it’s completely dry. Maybe tomorrow…’
‘C’mon. Let’s call it a day.’ Derek grabs a t-shirt from a chair and pulls it on. ‘It’s past midnight, I’ll walk you to your room. You never know, there might be a werewolf lurking, ready to pounce on you!’
He grins when she slaps him on the arm, but keeps his hands in his pockets as they stroll back to her room in awkward silence. She glances at him, but he seems to be deep in thought, and when they arrive at her door, he doesn’t even give her a peck on the cheek. Sad, irritated and frustrated, she closes the door behind her and silently goes to bed.
As long as Teddy’s around, the three of them have fun and talk… It’s when she gets alone with Derek it gets awkward. She can’t help being attracted to the arrogant but handsome older Vargas brother.
Why is he acting as if nothing ever happened? One day he kisses me so passionately my lips hurt, and the other he’s aloof or teasing like a big brother… He’s driving me crazy with his attitude.
Lil Bling can’t stay away from the girls for long. If nobody sees him, nobody (aka Derek) will find out! Friday night he tries his luck, hiding out in the toilet stalls, watching the girls getting ready for the party. But he forgot about the mirrors…
Chase drags a stammering, but leering Lil Bling out from his hiding place.
‘It’s a mistake! I swear I took the wrong door!’
‘If you miss the sign on the door you’re in need of glasses! No, a dog! Glasses won’t do!’ Chase is furious. ‘Get OUT! NOW!’
‘Fuck off!’ Elspeth adds, flipping her fingers. ‘Or we’ll tell Derek!’
Lil Bling doesn’t argue. He scurries outside, but not without catching a last glimpse of lovely underwear…
The party’s a blast and DJ Lil Bling gets everyone on the dance floor, even VJ… Taïga is having fun, dancing more than she ever has before but she’s a little disappointed that Derek hasn’t talked to her since the guests started to arrive. And bitchy Elspeth has been scotched to him like she was attached with superglue, keeping all other girls at a distance. Bleh.
Teddy whispers something to Lil Bling and he puts on Maluma. Everyone catcalls when Teddy summons his courage and asks Taïga for a dance. She puts her arms around his neck and smiles sweetly. They are soon followed by other couples. She can see Derek watching them with an undecipherable expression on his face and she concentrates on his brother. Teddy is a terrible dancer, and Taïga does her best keeping her feet as far away from his as possible, but he steps on her foot anyway.
‘Sorry,’ he mumbles, blushing beetroot.
‘It’s OK,’ she lies, putting on a brave smile. How she regrets having shed her shoes earlier in the evening.
The evening draws to an end and Lil Bling announces the last dance, dimming the lights and putting on Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable”. Teddy doesn’t let go of her, asking her if she wants to continue dancing. Taïga loves this song and she doesn’t want to hurt him, so she nods.
Derek is deep in thought. He’s been keeping an eye on Taïga the whole evening, discreetly watching out for her. Now he has suffered through a whole song watching his brother holding Taïga in his arms, and it’s not only watching him molesting her feet that feels bad. It’s the effing girl – she looks so damn happy. ‘God. I can’t just stand here…’
‘What?’ Elspeth looks up at him.
‘Nothing…’ He can’t tear his eyes away from Taïga.
She follows his gaze and chuckles, ‘I must admit that she has guts – dancing barefoot with Teddy…’
“But I can’t, I can’t, can’t stop thinking about you every day
And you can’t, you can’t, you can’t listen to what people say
They don’t know you baby, don’t know that you’re amazing, but I’m here to stay”
Teddy brings his left hand up over Taïga’s head making her twirl. Derek can’t watch this any longer. He brushes away Elspeth’s hand from his arm and strides onto the dance floor.
“When you lose your way and the fight is gone
Your heart starts to break and you need someone around now
Just close your eyes while I put my arms above you
And make you unbreakable”
Taïga bites her lip and closes her eyes letting the music take over her senses. She can feel Teddy’s awkward movements behind her suddenly become smooth, matching her own.
When he lightly strokes her arm he sends electricity and goose bumps all over her body and it feels like she’s suddenly melting.
She whirls around. ‘Derek!’
‘Dance with me,’ he mouths.
For a second she just stands there, staring into those impossibly blue eyes but he pulls her close, taking first her left arm, then the other, putting them on his shoulders. Slowly he sways to the music, gazing deep into her eyes.
Taïga blushes, trying in vain to relax in his arms but she can hardly breathe. His blue eyes grows dark with emotion and for her life she can’t tear her eyes away.
“Cause she’s the girl that I never had, she’s the heart that I wanted bad
The song I heard on the radio, that made me stop and think of her
And I can’t, I can’t, I can’t concentrate anymore
And I need, I need, need to show her what her heart is for”
His hand trails down her lower back, pressing lightly but firmly and with a sigh she melts into him.
Derek’s left hand run from her neck down her shoulders and her right arm, caressing her fingers, making her heart flutter erratically. He clasps her hand in his and takes the lead…
He leans slightly away from her, only to fluidly rock back in towards her again, bending her over. She slips her arm around his neck and lets her fingers play with his thick hair. She follows the music and effortlessly matches his movements, circling her hips, grinding towards him in a suggestive way she would never have thought possible.
Lips slightly parted, eyelids heavy with desire, his eyes are making love to her and she almost swoons from the feelings she herself is experiencing.
Teddy watches his brother loose himself in Taïga’s arms, and he can’t help feeling a stab of jealousy. Jupiter grimaces behind Elspeth’s back, making a heart with his hands and Teddy grins. But his smile vanishes when he sees the expression on Elspeth’s face.
Her eyes are black with hate as she watches Taïga and Derek on the dance floor…
“If you ever turn around, I won’t let you fall down now
I swear I’ll find your smile and put my arms above you and make you unbreakable.
You need to know that somebody’s there all the time, I’d wait in line and I hope it shows
Can’t walk away ’til your heart knows that it’s beautiful. Oh, I hope it knows, it’s beautiful”
Derek and Taïga are oblivious of the others. Fingers entwined, his right hand is keeping the pressure on her lower back, guiding her against him, showing her how much he wants her. The rhythmical, gentle caress of his thumb finding its way under her sweater makes her gasp. He groans at her response, touching her hot silky skin exactly where he’s dreamt of for so long. She puts a hand on his chest, feeling how hard his heart is beating under the soft t-shirt and he briefly closes his eyes…
With half-closed eyes she watches him lean towards her, waiting for the kiss.
But he just dips her deeply, holding her with just one muscular arm, the other hand playing on her thigh…
Please, don’t make the music stop…
He pulls her up again, leaning his forehead against hers and they continue dancing, their bodies slowly swaying, their mouths so close she can feel his breath on her lips… Her whole body is aching for him to kiss her.
“Cause I love, I love, I love, I love you darling
Yes I love, I love, I love, I love you darling
And I’ll put my arms around you and make you unbreakable”
When the music stops, they just stand there close together, none of them willing to let go.
Taïga tilts her chin upwards and Derek’s lips brushes softly against hers, sending a thousand volts of electricity through her.
He groans softly and is about to deepen the kiss when a loud wailing interrupts them.
‘NOOoooo… How can you do this to me!?!’
The magic is broken. Derek lets go of Taïga and turns towards the desperate girl, hissing in a low voice ‘What the hell, Elspeth!?! This better be good…’
Elspeth just stares at him, opening and closing her mouth. Then she blurts out, ‘I’m pregnant!’
‘What!?!’ Derek is flabbergasted. ‘But… Why didn’t you say anything?’
Taïga can feel her blood rush to her feet and the world starts spinning. Pregnant? … Ohmygod. How could he? And I… I almost… I… Ohmygod. Ohmygod. Lightheaded she backs into the DJ booth, almost turning it over. With a hand over her mouth, she rushes gagging up the stairs and out, where she falls on her knees and retches.
Teddy finds Taïga in Shadows box. He tries to console her the best he can.
‘Don’t cry, Taïga. Please… I’m sure there’s an explanation.’
‘I’m not crying.’ Taïga sniffs bravely. ‘I’m just angry! I don’t want to hear his explanation…’ She tries to hide her tears, angrily wiping them away. ‘Oh, Teddy… how could he?’
Teddy kisses her hand. ‘Give him a chance to explain… It seems bad now, but things will surely work out for the best.’
‘Not likely… I don’t ever want to talk to him again! You can tell him that!’
Part II – End of Chapter 05