Draconis Occidentalis

Draconis Occidentalis A glorified title really. It's what scientists say when they don't want to actually say the real word. Because it's too impossible.

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6. Second Chance at First Line: Part 1

Chapter 6: Second Chance at First Line-Part 1

Maddie sat on the bleachers with Allison and Lydia and watched as Scott and Stiles came out with distressed looks on their faces. She frowned at them. "Let's go! One on ones from up top. Jackson, take a long stick today. Atta boy." Coach yelled. Jackson ran in front of the goalie. Person after person ran to Jackson trying to make it past him and into the goal, but person after person failed. Then it was Scott's turn. He ran toward him but Jackson knocked him down with ease. Coach chuckled and walked up to him.

"McCall! My grandmother can move faster than that. And she's dead. You think you can move faster than the lifeless corpse of my dead grandmother." Coach said to him. 

"Yes Coach." Maddie wouldn't have been worried if it weren't for the murderous look on his face. She jumped up from the bleachers and ran to Stiles who was standing at the back of the line.

"What's wrong with him?" She ask. He jumps back.

"Oh my god!" He exclaims. She gives him an expectant look. he catches his breath and looks at her.

"Well?" She asks.

"The hunter from Friday night..." He said trailing off. She glares at him for stopping. "It's Allison's dad." Her eyes widen.

"What?" She asked, astonished. Stiles didn't get the chance to answer, though, because a cry of pain rang through the field. Her head turned and she saw Jackson lying on the floor, clutching his shoulder, groaning in pain. She glanced at Scott, who looked like he was losing control, but Stiles had already reached him so she decided to check on Jackson. She runs up to him, dropping on the ground. 

"Jax, are you okay?" She asked. He just groaned in response. She looks at Coach. "He needs to go to the hospital." She said. He frowned.

"Do we really need to go to such drastic measure... I mean he-"

"Coach!" She yelled. His eyes widened at the girl who had enough guts to challenge him. "He's really hurt. If you want him to ever play a Lacrosse game again... You're going to want him to go to the hospital." He glares at her but nonetheless nods.

"I'll help." Danny said. Maddie shakes her head.

"I don't need it." She said, wrapping Jackson's uninjured arm around her shoulder. 

"Are you really going to be able to pick him up and take him to your car. He's not exactly light." He said. Maddie just rolled her eyes, and picked him up with ease and started walking away. Not being able to continue listening to his groans of pain, she grabbed the had of his injured arm and started taking the pain away. It was an ability of both Werewolves and Dragons. They could literally absorb the pain of others. She gasped at the sensation but continued to walk. She hadn't even noticed that Jackson had intertwined their fingers. She found Stiles standing in the parking lot seeming a bit disheveled. She walks up to him.

"I need you to drive me to the hospital." She said. His eyes travel from her to Jackson to their hands. As soon as she saw where his gaze was fixed she pulled their fingers apart. Something about letting Stiles see her show affection to anyone other than him made her feel weird which confused her considering she hadn't really ever showed any affection to him. She had only known him for like three days. 

"Why can't you drive?" He asked, finally focusing.

"Because, I drove here on a motorcycle and I know how much you love your jeep and you would never let anyone drive it. So your driving." He opened his mouth to protest but seemed to rethink it because he turned and walked over to his blue jeep. He hopped in the fronts seat and Maddie placed Jackson in the back seat before hopping into the front with Stiles. He started to drive. 

"What happened with Scott?" She asked, warning him with her eyes to be careful with his words. She took a deep breath.

"Well, lets just say, next time Scott gets like that, you're going after him."

"That bad, huh." He nods.

"That bad. He went to go check on Allison." Maddie's eyes furrowed in confusion. 

"Did something happen?" She asked. He shook his head.

"No. Just him being paranoid." She chuckles and they pull into the Hospital parking lot. She and Stiles carried Jackson into the hospital and as soon as they made it in they saw Scott's mom approach them. Stiles went to fill out forms at the desk and Maddie stayed.

"Lacrosse practice?" She asked. Maddie nodded and Ms. McCall took over, taking Jackson to the ER. For the rest of the time she sat with Stiles, and for once they just talked about regular things. Things not related to the supernatural.

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The bell rings as she sat down in class taking a seat in between Scott and Lydia. The teacher called for them to take out their homework and solve the problems on the board. She picks Scott and Lydia to go up and she knows that this will be a recipe for disaster. All morning, Lydia was raging about how Scott hurt her boyfriend and now he has the nerve to drop out of the game.

"Why is there a rumor going around that you're not playing in the game tomorrow?" She asked and Maddie sighed.

"Because I'm sort of not." Wrong answer Scott. Maddie thought.

"I think you sort of are. Especially when you brutally injure my boyfriend by ramming into him."

"He brutally injured himself by ramming into me!" Maddie's head hits the desk. Why, Scott? Why? 

"Jackson's going to play tomorrow. But he's not going to be at is peak, and I prefer my boyfriend at peak performance."

"Okay?" Scott said, confused.

"I date the captain of the winning Lacrosse team. And if they start off the season losing, I date the captain of the losing Lacrosse team. I don't date losers."

"Losing one game isn't gonna kill anyone." Scott bursts. He whispered something but Maddie wasn't able to make it out.

"Fine! Don't play. We'll probably win anyway. And then we'll go out after, like we were planning. And I'll introduce Allison to all the hot players on the team." She said. She said something else, but again, Maddie wasn't able to make it out. Lydia turned around and sassily walked back to her seat.

"Mr. McCall, your not even close to solving your problem." The teacher said.

"Tell me about it."

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Maddie walked through the hallway and found Scott and Stiles peering around a corner. She walked up to the them, putting her hands on their shoulders. "What's going on?" She asked. The boys jump ten feet of the ground and look at her with wide eyes.

"Would you stop ding that!" Stiles exclaimed. She shrugged.

"What are you guys doing?" 

"We're listening to Stiles's dad. Their putting up a curfew because of the body." 

"Unbelievable!" My dad's out looking fora rabid animal, while the jerk-off who actually killed the girl is just hangin'out, doing whatever he wants."

"Well, you can't exactly tell your dad the truth about Derek." Scott said.

"I can do something."

"Like what?"

"Find the other half of the body." Stiles turned around and walked away.

"Are you kidding?" Scott asked. Stiles didn't answer and Scott's attention turned to Allison and Lydia. He walked off in their direction. 

"Wait, are you two really sure Derek is the guy!" Maddie yelled after the two of the but they don't answer. She watched as Stiles turned a corner and Scott engages in conversation with Allison. She sighed, muttering under her breath about how stupid the two of them are and how they're going to get themselves killed. She rolled her eyes and left the school, hopping on her motorcycle and heading home. She was getting ready to go out for a bite to eat in the woods when her phone rang. She picked it up and pressed the answer button.

"What?" She growled, not really caring who it was.

"Hey, it's Stiles."

"How did you get this number?" She asked.

"Doesn't matter. Scott and I are at the hospital. Meet us here." He hangs up before she has the chance to answer. She snarled but ran downstairs, grabbing her keys and drove off in the direction of the hospital.

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"I swear to god this better be important, or I'll kill you." She said. Stiles looked up at her from his seat. He stared at her for a second before answering.

"I wouldn't doubt you in an outfit like that." She was wearing a pair of black leather jeans and combat boots along with a dark green shirt and a black leather jacket. She rolled her eyes.

"I was going out to eat." She said.

"You need to dress like that to eat?"

"Yeah. If I wear dark colors it's harder for the animals to see me."

"What are you... Oh my.... Ohhh." She looked at him as if he was retarded.

"What?" He frowned at her.

"Do you hunt. Like animals. And eat them... raw?" She nods.

"Yes. I am a dragon. You know, a meat eater. Sort of like a dinosaur except stronger. I prefer raw meat. So I hunt." She said to him, slowly. 

"I feel sorry for any guy who had to kiss you." He said. She scoffs and slaps him in the arm. His arms flies up and he groans.

"Please, any guy who gets this is lucky." She said. "Although, no guy has ever had to worry about that." She said, not meaning to let that slip.

"You've never been kissed?' He asked. She sighed and nodded.

"Go ahead. Laugh it up. I'm a sophomore in high school.. How have I never been kissed." He shook his head.

"I've haven't had my first kiss either..." He said. She looked at him, surprised but when she hears Lydia's voice she frowns and peers around the corner. She catches sight of Jackson with his arm around her waist.

"Did he do it?" She asked.

"He said not to make a habit of it, but one cortisone shot won't kill me." Jackson replied.

"You should get one before the game too." She said.  Maddie rolled her eyes. She loved Lydia. She really did but sometimes she would wonder what was going on in that girls head. Jackson gave her an annoyed look. "The pros do it all the time" She moves closer to him. "Do you want to be a little high school amateur or do you want... to go... pro." She said. She kissed him and she rolled her eyes, looking at Stiles who was staring, a jealous look on his face. Maddie didn't know why but a knot formed in her stomach and she felt a little upset that Stiles was so jealous. Suddenly, Scott came up snatching the menstrual cramp pamphlet that he was holding in his hand away.

"Holy!... God."

"The scent was the same." 

"Are you sure?" Stiles said, rising from his seat quickly. Maddie followed, feeling a bit lost.

"So he did bury the other half of the body on his property." Stiles said. Maddie sighed.

"Really! This again!" She exclaimed. The boys ignored her.

"Which means we have proof he killed the girl." Scott said.

"I say we use it." Stiles replied.

"How?" Stiles turned around suddenly.

"Tell me something first. Are you doing this because you want to stop Derek, or because you want to play in the game and he said you couldn't?" 

"There were bite marks on the legs, Stiles. Bite marks."

"Okay. Then we're gonna need a shovel."

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Maddie lands on the front porch of the Hale house. She had decided to fly herself instead of going with her friends, who she's beginning to think are the exact definition of idiots. About 5 minutes after she arrives the two of them show up. Stiles parks the car and the two of them step out holding shovels. She watched them shovel for about an hour. Stiles had made various comments about how it would have gone much faster if she helped but every time she made the excuse of not wanting to get her new boots dirty. Being in the woods just reminded her of her lack of fresh meat but she suppressed her urges to go for a hunt.

"This is taking way too long." Scott said.

"Just keep going." 

"What if Derek comes back?"

"Then we get the hell out of here." 

"And if he catches us?"

"I have a plan for that."

"Oh god, Derek's gonna kill us." Maddie said. "Well... He's gonna kill you."

"Which is?" Scott asked ignoring her. Stiles gave her a quick glare but answered Scott.

"You run one way, I run the other. Whoever he catches first...Too bad. And Maddie, you can go and... fly away."

"I hate that plan." Scott said.

"I have to agree with Scott." Stiles hits a hard surface. 

"Oh, Stop! Stop!" The two jump down and start to wipe the excess dirt off. Finally, Maddie, dropped down to try and help. The three of the find a cloth tie together with strings and start to untie them.

"Hurry!" Scott yelled.

"I'm trying!" Maddie yelled back.

"Did he have to tie the thing in like 900 knots?" Once they had gotten it untied they open the cloth. The tree of them jump out of the hole screaming, Maddie out screaming both of them combined.

"What the hell is that?!" She screamed, in a shrilly voice.

"Its a wolf." Scott answered.

"Yeah, we can see that!I though you said you smelled blood, as in human blood.

"I told you something was different." Scott answered.

"This doesn't make any sense." The girl of the group said.

"We gotta get out of here." Scott said and the other two nodded. They start to cover it back up in dirt but Stiles looks up, shocked.

"What's wrong?" Scott asked.

"You see that flower?" The two of them followed his gaze and Maddie's face mirrored Stiles's when she realized what she was looking at. A vibrant purple flower.

"What about it?" 

"I think it's Wolfsbane." 

"It's Wolfsbane alright." Maddie whispered.

"What's that?" Scott asked. She and Stiles looked him astonished.

"Uh, haven't you ever seen the Wolf Man?" Scott gave him a blank look. "Lon Chaney Jr.? Claude Rains... The Original, Classic Werewolf Movie?"

"No what?!"

"You are so unprepared for this." He said, instead of answering. He runs to the flower and pulls it out of the ground. It was attached to a string. He continued to pull it going in a circle around the wolf until he finally finished. Scott and Maddie glanced back at the wolf and the did not expect what they saw.

"Stiles." She and Scott said, simultaneously. Stiles gasped when he reached us looking into the ditch. The wolf was not a girl, her hallow eyes staring up at them. They all looked at each other, knowing exactly what to do. Maddie whipped out her phone, typing in the tree digits that might change everything for them.

'911. What's your emergency?' 

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