Bella sat down beside Scott on the floor of Derek’s loft, she placed her head on his shoulder and draped her legs over his lap. It had been a year since they got together, and it was one of their best years of Bella’s life and she suspected it would only get better. They were less than six months from graduation and while just about everyone in the pack knew what they were going to do after high school Bella still had no clue what her plan was.
“What big bad monster is in town this month?” Bella asked Scott as they both watched as Stiles was yet again in the middle of an argument with Isaac. It was amusing to see Stiles waving his arms around frantically as he tried to get his point across, while Isaac simply stood with his hands crossed over his chest speaking quietly but sternly.
“I don’t think there is any.” Scott responded wrapping his arm around Bella’s shoulders before leaning forward and placing a kiss on her lips. Bella cupped the back of his neck and brought him closer to her wanting to deepen the kiss between them.
“Remove yourself from her McCall before I rip your throat out for hurting my eyes.” Peter ordered as he stepped into the living room.
Bella laughed lightly, pulling away from Scott and looking over at Peter. “You and my mother are worse, so I don’t believe you have room to talk in this situation.”
“Your mother and I are getting married, you are not.” Peter responded he handed Bella a smoothie and a salad. “You haven’t eaten today.”
Bella smiled taking the food and settling herself against Scott. “I did eat today. I had Scott’s fruit during lunch and Stiles’ juice.”
Scott smiled and kissed Bella’s temple taking in the warmth of her skin. “It was half an apple, babe, not very filling.”
“Do you know why Derek asked us here?” Bella questioned looking over at Peter who was already with a book in his hands.
“I have my suspicions.” Peter responded simply, he gestured towards the food again urging Bella to eat.
Bella rolled her eyes and started to pick at her salad, she grinned when she felt Scott kiss the side of her neck. She knew by now that the werewolf liked to have their scents mixed together, so she tilted her head slightly to give him better access. She greeted Erica and Boyd as they were the last to arrive and if on que Derek appeared before the group.
Bella took a bite of her salad and couldn’t help the smile as Stiles was as usual the first to speak. The boy didn’t give Derek a moment, and was assaulting the Alpha with an array of questions. Bella looked over at Peter holding her up her half eating salad to him.
“Stiles, shut up, please.” Derek interrupted the younger man. “I just wanted to let everyone here know that my younger sister is alive, and she’s in New Mexico with a foster family that took her in. I’ve decided to go down to New Mexico, permanently and reunite with her.”
Bella sat up straight in surprise as this wasn’t something, she nor anyone else was expecting from their alpha. She turned her head to look at Peter who was grinning and wishing his nephew luck. One by one the others in the pack snapped out of their shock, most of them unable to understand who their new alpha would be.
Bella smiled and stood approaching Derek and giving the broody alpha a warm hug. “I’m happy for you, Derek.”
“Thank you.” Derek responded a bit awkward as Bella was the most openly affectionate of the bunch and at it was startling different from how everyone else treated him.
Bella sat down on the couch beside Peter as the rest began to understand what was going to happen to their pack.
After a few hours and what Bella could only describe as a wolf pile her and Peter exited the loft together. “Why aren’t you going with him?” Bella questioned curiously as she stepped into Peter’s car. “Don’t you want to see your niece?”
“I don’t think she’d be particularly happy to see me, little one. Afterall, I killed her sister and tried to kill her brother.” Peter responded with a smile. “And the New Mexico heat is not my taste.”
Bella smiled, “I like the heat, Florida was great when mom and I lived there.”
“Is that where you’re planning on going to University? Plan on returning to the heat?” Peter questioned with a curious lift of his eyebrow as Bella hadn’t mentioned any after high school plans.
“I have no idea what to do after high school, Peter.” Bella responded with a frown, knowing that she could always speak honestly with Peter. “I’ve applied to different universities for different programs, but I don’t know what I want to do.”
“Your mother will be more than pleased if you take a year off and spend it at home.” Peter responded with a smile.
Bella laughed lightly. “I’m sure she would be, but I want to do something, I just don’t know what that something is.”
“You’d be a wonderful lawyer.” Peter responded with a grin. “You could go to Harvard, I enjoyed it there in my time.”
“I don’t have the same attitude as you to make it as a successful lawyer.” Bella responded with a smirk. “I’m not ruthless enough to survive.”
“You’d be a great fighter for victim’s rights, I wouldn’t sell yourself short, little one. You have great potential.” Peter responded with a smile. “Whatever you choose, you’ll have a lot of support in your side.”
Bella nodded feeling more comfortable knowing Peter and her mom would be happy with anything she chose to do. “I know, maybe I’ll just do nothing. I have enough money saved up to live comfortably.”
Peter laughed; he knew that although this was an option for Bella the young girl would more than likely go stir crazy if she wasn’t doing something. “Your mother would drive you crazy if you chose to do nothing after high school.”
Bella grinned, “I could just decide to be a mom, I’m sure Scott won’t object to the idea…”
Peter frowned, turning his head to glare at Bella. “If that were the case, I would have to neuter Scott and that will just cause a bit of a riff in the pack.”
Bella laughed, “Just a bit? You think some of them would agree with you?”
“I can be persuasive; it’s why I became a lawyer in the first place.” Peter replied with a smirk.
Bella entered her home and found her mom and Peter lying together on the couch watching a movie. “I’m going to be in my room if you guys need me.”
Renee smiled over her shoulder. “Oliver called, he faxed something over for you, I left it on your bed. Look it over and let us know what it is.”
Bella nodded, she was more than eager to get up the stairs. “Thanks ma.”
Bella rushed up the stairs and found the papers her mother had spoken about. She sat down on her bed getting comfortable before she began to look over the papers. Her heart picked up with excitement as she read the news that the producers of her former series wanted her to return to her previous character and star in a spin off movie. Her knuckles turned white as she clutched at the papers in anticipation. This was something she could see herself doing after graduation.
“Hey, are you okay?” Scott questioned leaning against the window of Bella’s room. “Your hearts is beating like crazy.”
“I think I just figured out what I wanted to do after graduation.” Bella said with a smile as she handed the papers to Scott. “What do you think?”
Scott looked over the papers and a smile brightened up his face, “This sounds great, Bella!” He stepped closer to her and his smile grew as Bella seemed particularly pleased “Are you going to say yes?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, I think I am. Afterall, it shouldn’t keep me away from my mom, Peter and you.”
Scott smiled and wrapped his arms around Bella in a tight hug. “I’ll always be right beside you, Bells, you don’t have to worry about me.”
“This is what I want to do.” Bella assured, as she could already see herself going back into acting. “I think it’ll be fun, and I can go back to school at any time if it ever starts to get boring.”
Scott smiled at the happiness that was seeping off Bella. “Want to go out to eat, tonight? Everyone is going to that diner Stiles likes, you want to come with me and try and stop Stiles from going into a food coma?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, just let me tell Pete and my mom.”
Bella smiled and crossed her legs while leaning back on her couch. “Okay, so let’s start this interview.”
The blonde-haired girl smiled and nodded, “Okay. First things first, what made you come back to acting? You seemed to just fall off the face of the earth for a couple years and then one day you’re just back, so what happened?”
“It’s simple, I graduated high school and while all my friends were excited to start college, I didn’t feel that same excitement. And one day I got a script from my manager and I felt that excitement for the future that everyone else was feeling. I came back because acting was something I always enjoyed.” Bella responded sincerely.
“Your career for the last three years has been astounding, Isabella. I’m blown away by the way your career has grown since you’ve returned. I must ask, how are your friends and family feeling about your acting career? I mean, do they understand that what you do puts you in the spotlight and by connection them as well?”
Bella smiled, “Some of my friends don’t mind the attention, they revel in it.” Bella responded thinking back to Stiles. “Others find it a little unnerving, My mom and dad don’t have any social media accounts so I never have to worry about them. I try to keep them out of the limelight as much as possible, they deserve to have a quiet normal life.”
“I’m sorry, but I thought you only had a mother. I don’t mean to be rude, and I can leave this out of the article if you like, I’m just curious.” The woman responded.
“I don’t mind if you put this in the article, just leave their names out of it if you decide to keep it in” Bella responded as she shifted slightly on the couch.
“A few years ago my biological father handed over his parental rights, which is something that I had wanted since I was a teenager. My bio father was a manipulative and greedy man, who only wanted money from me. He dragged my mother’s name through the mud in court and he tried to claim the money I had made from my work for his own. The man I call dad is my mom’s current husband, and he is the father figure I have always wanted. He and my mom have this love that you see in the movies and you think, oh this can’t be real, but with them it’s real. And I know it’s cheesy, but I feel that he was the dad I was meant to have. He gives me advice, he scares my boyfriend and calls just as much as my mom does. It’s nice to have two parents.” Bella finished with a soft smile as she made a mental note to call the couple as soon as the interview was done.
“I’m happy for you.” The reporter responded as she wrote things down on her notepad. “And since you mentioned him, can you tell me about your boyfriend? You don’t mention him that often and you always go to red carpet events with a friend.”
Bella smiled thinking about her Scott. “We’ve been together since High school; Scott is one of those people that you meet him, and you can’t help but to love him. I don’t mention him often because I enjoy having my relationship out of the public eye. I’m usually more than willing to share my life with the world, it’s something you can’t avoid when you’re choose this career, but my romantic relationship is something that I want to keep the best parts to myself. People already scrutinize everything I do, and I don’t want them to put unneeded pressure on my relationship. I’m not hiding Scott, either, he’s studying to be a vet and he has a break coming up that lands perfectly with the red-carpet premiere of my new movie.”
Bella continued to the interview answering the questions as best as she could, she was happy to be give all the information if it didn’t become too intrusive. When it was over, she escorted the journalist out of her house before returning to her living room.
“When did you get home?” Bella questioned moving to the couch and sitting down on Scott’s lap.
“Around the same time the interview started, I didn’t want to intrude so I stayed upstairs.” Scott replied wrapping his arms around Bella and resting his head on her shoulder. He took in her scent and let it wash over his senses for a moment. “I missed you.”
Bella smiled, “I saw you this morning.” She laughed, reaching up to softly run her fingers through his hair. “You should just drop out and be my trophy husband.”
Scott laughed, holding Bella just a bit tighter. “We’d have to get married first.” He replied with a smile. “Unless this is your way of proposing, because let me tell you babe, it’s not that romantic.”
Bella laughed resting completely over Scott. “Trust me, if I were to propose it wouldn’t be indoors, I’d do it by the Nemeton at sunset in the Spring.”
Scott smiled, he knew exactly where Bella wanted her proposal to be, it was the only reason he was still waiting. Spring was just around the corner and when the time came he would get down on one knee by the Nemeton and finally ask Bella to marry him. For now, he brushed his lips softly against hers, “I love you.”
Bella smiled, “I love you, too.” She responded turning to get a better angle to kiss him.