- Pearl and Duncan argued over their unborn child…and Damien and Quinn heard it all.
- Jude tried to talk Quinn out of killing Damien and Duncan.
- Duncan and Quinn each had a frightening encounter with werewolf Damien.
The Lawrence farm, dawn
Pearl Tyler stood in her bedroom, pulling on her lavender robe and stepping into her matching slippers. She headed for the vanity and gazed at her reflection in the mirror. She grabbed some rubber bands from the table and quickly pulled her hair into a bun.
She opened the door that led into the other half of the basement and walked through the long room until she was at the other door that would take her out into the barnyard. She stepped out into the frosty fall morning. The sun was rising and everything was still, except for the sounds of crows cawing and a woodpecker drilling into a tree in the distance.
She walked towards the empty stable. She had avoided the building ever since her ordeal with Quinn, but for some reason, something was drawing her to enter it.
As she got closer, she saw that the latches that held the doors shut were broken off, which was unusual. She opened the doors and walked inside, the darkness being broken up by high windows.
It only took a moment to find a naked Damien Collins, sleeping on top of a bed of hay. Pearl was a bit startled at first and then she regained her composure. His dark brown hair, which was always spiked up, was flat. In seeing him with no clothes on, he was even more lean and lanky. His chest was slightly hairy.
Pearl started to exit the stable. She needed to get him some clothes. But Damien was beginning to awaken. He sat up and upon seeing Pearl he stood and called out to her.
“Pearl,” he said quietly. She turned around and tried to act nonchalant about his nakedness.
“I heard you outside my window last night, but I was too afraid to leave my bed,” Pearl told him. “You must have come inside here after you walked away.”
“I didn’t want to leave you,” Damien explained. He began to walk towards her. Pearl spotted a horse blanket hanging up on the left wall that had probably belonged to Dexter. Moving to the wall, she removed the blanket and held it up. “Here, let me wrap this around you. It’s pretty chilly in here.”
She raised the blanket behind him and as she opened it up, preparing to wrap it around him, he suddenly grabbed her and pulled her up against him. The two were now in the blanket together. “Damien, what are you doing?” Pearl asked, becoming uncomfortable as she was pressed up against his bare flesh.
He responded by covering her mouth with his in a passionate kiss. Pearl at first stood rigid, trying to appear unmoved, but before she knew it, she wrapped her arms around him, responding to his affections. The blanket fell to the floor.
Damien slowly broke away from her to catch his breath. He smiled at Pearl with a dreamy look on his handsome face.
“I need to get you some clothes, or you’ll freeze,” Pearl said quietly.
He kissed her again, holding her tightly in his arms. When he finished, he stroked her cheek. “You can keep me warm.”
Pearl removed herself from his embrace. “You can’t stay here like this all day. You’ll also need breakfast. I’ll bet you’re hungry.” But Damien didn’t waste anytime getting her back in his arms. “Stay with me Pearl,” he said to her lovingly. “Come and lay with me.”
Pearl shook her head. “You know I can’t,” she replied.
Damien looked down at the floor than back up at Pearl. “I love you,” he finally said.
“I know,” Pearl answered back. She removed herself from his arms again. “I’ll see if we can find some clothes for you. They’ll probably be big, but they’ll be okay until you get back home. You stay here and I’ll be back.” She started for the stable doors.
“Hurry back,” Damien murmured, picking the horse blanket up and wrapping it around him.
Pearl turned to smile at him and then left.
The Little Harmony Inn
Duncan Tyler lay in his bed, staring up at the ceiling. He didn’t get a wink of sleep all night. The images of his attack played in his mind over and over again. He kept hearing the growling and seeing the glowing red eyes. Those eyes would be forever burned into his soul.
He was afraid to go back to Haven. But he knew he couldn’t leave Pearl there. If she would fall prey to the werewolf, he would never forgive himself. Little did he know his ex-wife was already closely acquainted with him…
The Lawrence Farm, the stable
Pearl returned with a plaid button down shirt, an old pair of blue jeans and a pair of tan slippers. Damien was still wrapped in the blanket. “Iva gave me some clothes she had in the attic that she used for dressing a scarecrow. They’re pretty small so they should fit you. She smiled at him. She has just about everything you could ask for.”
She held out the clothes. “I’ll go back to the kitchen while you get dressed. Gene is making breakfast—eggs, bacon, sausage and toast. You definitely won’t go hungry.”
Damien didn’t take the clothes from her. “Don’t leave.”
“Damien, I really don’t want to stay here while you get dressed. I’ve seen enough for one day,” Pearl said.
He chuckled. “Oh come on sweetheart, you’ve been married. Don’t act like you’ve never seen a naked man before.”
“But that was different. We were in the privacy of our own home, not in a stable where somebody might walk in. Not to mention, he was my husband and we were together for quite a while. I’ve only known you a week.”
“But we can get to know each other better now, can’t we?” Damien dropped the blanket and took the clothes from Pearl. “It won’t take me long to get dressed and we can walk back to the house together.” He gave her another warm kiss and stepped into the jeans. Pearl didn’t turn away as he got dressed. Once he was finished, he took her hand and squeezed it. “You don’t have to be afraid of me Pearl, not like you were last night. I would never hurt you. I love you.”
“But I told you I didn’t want to see you anymore. I know that made you upset. I thought for a moment you would crash through the wall last night and try to get to me,” Pearl explained.
“Never. The beast inside me loves you just as much as I do.” He put an arm around her and they began to walk out of the stable.
The Nightshade home, a little later
“Feeling better Quinn?” Jude asked as his brother walked into the kitchen.
Thanks to Quinn’s part vampire DNA, the bloody gash in his forehead caused by Damien was completely healed. He showed no physical trauma from his werewolf encounter last night.
“Damien is stronger than I imagined,” Quinn said, almost with a tinge of jealousy. You should have seen him. He was ferocious. He could have killed me, but he didn’t.”
“That makes him the better monster.” Jude paused to take a sip of black coffee. “I’m sure once Pearl finds out you tried to kill him last night, she’ll want nothing to do with you. You know Damien will tell her.”
Quinn sat down across from his brother and frowned at him. “You know, it’s almost like you want me to fail with Pearl. Don’t you want me to be happy?”
“You know I do, but I don’t want you resorting to murder to get that happiness. Killing doesn’t solve anything,” Jude replied firmly.
“Killing is part of my nature Jude—and it’s part of yours too,” Quinn told him.
“I choose not to kill. I know what Father did, I saw that dark side of him and I refuse to act like that. Pearl has already seen your dark side. She’s incredibly brave for allowing you to be near for the time you were, especially while she’s pregnant. She must see the good in you that you haven’t shown in a long time.” Jude leaned back in his chair. “I’d like to meet her.”
A sad expression crossed Quinn’s face. “If she doesn’t want me around anymore I doubt that will happen.”
“Then go to her Quinn. Come clean with her about what happened last night. Tell her you were blinded by longing, by lust, maybe even by love and maybe she’ll understand.” Jude said to him earnestly.
Quinn leaned forward, perked up by his brother’s words. “You really think so?”
Jude smiled. “It wouldn’t hurt to try. Be human for once. It’s really not that bad.”
Quinn’s expression darkened. “Duncan…I never got to find Duncan.” He looked at his brother, who was shaking his head disapprovingly. “No Jude, you have to let me at least track him down. I won’t hurt him, I’ll just nicely warn him to stay away from Pearl.” When Jude didn’t reply, he continued. “She doesn’t want him around and I need to protect her. You must understand.”
The Lawrence Farm, late morning
Pearl and Damien were alone. Gene and Iva had gone to Lewiston to sell some chickens to another farm and Sadie took Pearl’s car to the library. Pearl was still in her nightgown and robe and the two were sitting on the living room couch.
“I really need to get freshened up and put some real clothes on,” she said.
“You look gorgeous just the way you are,” Damien replied. “You’re staying right here.”
Pearl wrinkled her nose at him. “You really are hard up. My hair is lifeless, I have no makeup on and I look like something the cat dragged in.”
Damien pulled her closer. “Natural is better.” Before she could reply, he was kissing her yet again. His right hand moved from her shoulder down to the top of her nightgown and then down to her chest. He maneuvered his hand between the buttons of her gown until he was touching her left breast. He got in a few caresses before Pearl pulled away in total surprise.
“Damien, control yourself!” she exclaimed. She stood up and straightened her robe and gown. “I’m going to get dressed. You, sir, need to go home and take a cold shower.”
He got up and wrapped his arms around her. “I’m sorry. I got carried away. Forgive me?”
Pearl was silent for a moment and then she chuckled. “I guess so, even though I told you to stay away yesterday.”
“I can’t do that. You’re the best thing that’s happened to this town in a long time.” He nuzzled her neck.
The doorbell rang and both Damien and Pearl looked towards the front door. “I wonder who that could be?” Pearl wondered out loud. She went to answer it and to her dismay, found her ex-husband Duncan standing there.
“Why are you here? Don’t you take no for an answer?” Then she smirked. “Well, I guess you don’t, especially when it comes to trampy blondes.”
“Bridget was a mistake. Coming here to take you back isn’t, especially after what happened last night to me. You need to leave, and now,” he said seriously.
Damien appeared behind Pearl. He saw the man he attacked last night and remained composed. “Hello,” he said, protectively putting his hands on Pearl’s shoulders.
“Who are you?” Duncan demanded.
Duncan, this is Damien Collins. He’s become a good friend to me since I’ve been here. He and his family took me in after my car accident.” Pearl answered.
“Well Damien, thank you for looking after Pearl, but it’s important she leave with me today,” Duncan replied hastily.
“Pearl’s told me about you and from what she’s said, she doesn’t want to go back to you,” Damien said, his eyes narrowing.
“This isn’t about putting our marriage back together anymore. It’s a matter of life and death.” He frowned at Pearl. “You’re not going to believe this, but last night I was nearly killed by a very large wolf.” He couldn’t tell her it was really a werewolf. She would have thought he lost his mind. “I was lucky to get away in once piece.”
Pearl held it together but deep down she wanted to collapse. She knew it had to have been Damien. But how would he have known to go after Duncan—unless he was here last night and witnessed their fight.
“I don’t want that beast coming after you and possibly maiming or worse, killing you and our baby. I’m leaving Maine now and I’m taking you with me,” he continued.
Pearl shook her head. “No.”
Duncan was annoyed. “Stop being so damn stubborn! Don’t you care about the safety of our daughter?”
“Okay, you’ve said enough,” Damien interjected, growing angry. He moved away from Pearl and closer to Duncan. “You know what really went after you last night, don’t you? And don’t worry, because Pearl knows it too. It wasn’t just a large wolf. It was a werewolf, wasn’t it?”
“Damien, no,” Pearl said, getting worried. She didn’t want Duncan to find out the truth.
What are you trying to say?” Duncan asked, puzzled. “Do you know who this beast is?”
“Yes,” Damien responded flatly. “It’s me. I’m the werewolf that attacked you last night.”
Duncan’s mouth dropped open in shock, and Pearl bent her head down. Damien protectively wrapped his arms around her. “I overheard you threatening to take her baby away last night and it made me furious. You could say our little encounter was a warning from me to leave Pearl alone.”
“Are you in love with Pearl?” Duncan inquired. “Is that why you attacked me? So you could scare me off and she would be free and clear for you?” He then turned his attention to Pearl. “I must say Pearl, you’ve developed a disturbing taste in men since our divorce. This is unacceptable. A werewolf? You would risk the life of our unborn child for this bloodthirsty monster?”
“I would never hurt her or her baby and she knows that,” Damien argued.
“She’s not going to stick around long enough to find out.” Duncan reached for Pearl. “We’re leaving right now.” But she backed away. “I’m not going with you. I can’t stand the sight of you. Just go away.” She began to shiver and Damien held her even tighter.
“I can’t believe this. Well, if you think you’re going to keep our daughter around him, you have another thing coming. I’m calling a lawyer today.”
“Don’t be daft Duncan,” Damien retorted. “What are you going to say? That your ex-wife has been hanging around a werewolf? The lawyer will want to know the truth. You tell him that and you’ll be thrown into an insane asylum so quick your head will spin faster than Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist.”
“This is none of your business,” Duncan hissed.
Pearl turned to face her ex. “Enough Duncan. I don’t care what you do. Just leave me the hell alone. Right now, I would trust a werewolf in my daughter’s care rather than you.”
“You won’t see the last of me. Count on that,” Duncan seethed. He glared at Pearl and Damien and then turned on his heel and walked away. Damien slammed the door and again took Pearl into his arms. She began to cry. “Forget about him. He’s just making empty threats. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on.” But secretly, he wondered if that was really the case.
Little Harmony Inn, late afternoon
There was a knock on the door of Duncan’s room. Instantly he wondered if it was Pearl, having changed her mind about returning home with him. He desperately hoped that was the case.
He opened the door to find an unfamiliar man standing there. He was of medium build, short light brown hair with sideburns, dressed in a black leather jacket and dark blue jeans. He wore aviator style sunglasses.
“May I help you?” Duncan asked the stranger.
The man took off his sunglasses and grinned. “You must be Duncan Tyler. You met my brother a couple of nights ago on the highway. I’m Quinn Nightshade.”
“Why are you here?” Duncan asked, growing irritated. “Is the entire population of Haven descending on me? My ex-wife must have made quite an impression. First this man called Damien, who’s acting like he’s the father of her child and not me, and now you’ve discovered where I’m at.”
Quinn snorted dismissively at hearing his rival’s name. “Damien is a mongrel.”
“Oh, he’s much more than that Mr. Nightshade. You are aware he’s a werewolf?” Duncan sat down on the bed and rubbed his left shoulder. “I’m still sore as hell from being attacked by him last night.”
Quinn smiled sarcastically. “I’m quite familiar with Damien and his whole family of beasts.”
“I can’t believe I’m actually talking like this. It’s still hard to imagine. Maybe that’s why Haven is such a backwoods town and there’s hardly anybody there. Anyway, I’ve got to get Pearl out of there. I refuse to let her stay there while she’s carrying my child.”
Quinn’s smile left his face. “Pearl is not leaving Haven Duncan. I’m not going to allow you to take her from me.”
Duncan’s head snapped up. “What did you say?”
“Pearl belongs to me,” Quinn replied darkly. “Oh, Damien thinks he’s going to get together with her, but he’s in for a surprise.”
Duncan rubbed his face furiously. “Jesus, what is going on in that town? Pearl has only been there a week and she has two men chasing after her like sharks chasing after a goldfish.” He sighed. “I can’t blame you or Damien. There is something very special about her. I noticed it when we first met over ten years ago.” He gave Quinn a knowing look. “Of course, I ended up marrying her and impregnating her.”
Quinn moved closer. Duncan was a bit taken aback and started to feel extreme dread. “I think you’d better leave Mr. Nightshade, and stay away from Pearl. What’s going on with us is none of your business.”
“You may have married her and given her a child, but you also cheated on her,” Quinn sharply retorted. Duncan’s eyebrows raised and Quinn continued. “Yes, I know all about that because Pearl told me. We’ve gotten very close. She told me she wants nothing to do with you. I told her I would do whatever it took to make sure you wouldn’t come back for her.”
“Get out right now, before I call the police,” Duncan threatened.
Quinn grinned evilly. “You’re frightened. Well, you should be. You see, werewolves aren’t the only species in Haven.” He closed his mouth and then opened it again—revealing his pointy fangs. Duncan gasped in horror. “No, it can’t be—but wait—it’s afternoon and the sun is shining! How you can be walking around in the daylight?” His curiosity lessened his fright.
“Technically, I’m only half-vampire. My mother is human, so the sun won’t kill me. But I’m still just as deadly—and bloodthirsty.” Quinn advanced on him. Duncan hurriedly made the sign of the cross with his two index fingers. But Quinn just chuckled.
“Crosses have no effect on me either. You really need to brush up on your vampire legends,” Quinn teased.
Duncan began to cry and Quinn patted his shoulder condescendingly. “Don’t worry. I’m not going to kill you. You’re lucky that I changed my mind, because last night was another story. I heard you telling Pearl you were going to take her baby away from her. That made me furious. I was prepared to end your life, but I decided against it.”
Duncan gazed up at him through tears. “I’m glad to hear it.”
“Pearl means everything to me, and unfortunately you are the father of her child. If I’m to have a life with her, I have to respect that.”
Duncan stood up, getting his conviction back. “Do you really think Pearl will actually want to be with a vampire? Or a werewolf for that matter? What kind of life would she have? Not to mention, as long as I’m around, I will make sure my daughter is not subjected to any of this madness. Even if means moving to Haven permanently.”
“Stay out of Haven Duncan. You don’t belong there,” Quinn maliciously warned him.
“Neither does Pearl,” Duncan replied coolly.
“Pearl would rather be in Haven than come back with you. That speaks volumes, doesn’t it?” Quinn challenged.
“I think it’s time you left,” Duncan said flatly.
“I think so too.” Quinn turned around and headed for the door.
“Oh, and Quinn…one more thing,” Duncan told him.
Quinn moved to face him, putting on his sunglasses. “What’s that?”
“If Pearl doesn’t come back to Lancaster with me, if she does decide to settle down in Haven… I hope it’s with the werewolf.” No longer feeling afraid, Duncan began to laugh, almost maniacally.
Quinn resisted the urge to attack him. Instead, he turned on his heel and left the hotel room. Duncan was still laughing as he slammed the door.
Coming up next:
- A nor’easter is on its way to Haven.
- Duncan again tries to get Pearl to return to him.
- Damien reveals how Quinn tried to kill him as a werewolf to Pearl.
- Quinn shocks Jude by telling him he loves Pearl.
- A handsome stranger arrives at the Lawrence’s farm seeking help and catches the eye of Sadie.