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Teen Wolf: Sabotage Episode 5
“Do you know which language this is in?” Scott took the werehyena sheet out of his pocket as he entered the animal clinic. It was the morning after the night before, and following such a hectic night, the pack had managed a little bit of sleep. He was joined by Stiles and Lydia.
“I’ve seen it before. The language is Kanuri, it’s spoken in some African countries such as Nigeria and Cameroon, but I wouldn’t understand a single word” Deaton explained.
“Why don’t we translate it?” Lydia took the paper and looked at Stiles.
“Sounds like a plan” he smiled, and they went inside the main room with their smart phones at the ready. Deaton stood in the entrance area with Scott.
“I hope you’re aware of what you’re getting into” Deaton gave some father-like advice to Scott.
“Nope, but since when has that stopped me?” Scott smiled, confident but not cocky. At this moment, they were interrupted by Liam and Mason.
“Scott! We’ve found this” Liam ran in like a young child excited to show his parents what he’d found outside. He handed the large dusty book over to Scott, who passed it onto Deaton.
“This is one of the oldest Bestiaries I’ve seen” Deaton explained.
“Will it help?” Mason asked.“Almost certainly” Deaton smiled.
Also starring Linden Ashby, Melissa Ponzio, Seth Gilliam, Ryan Kelley, Victoria Moroles, Michael Johnston, Devin Druid, Marie Avgeropoulos, Chase Ellison, Austin Butler and Beverly Naya.
Meanwhile, Scott’s house was being used by Isaac. In the living room, he and Maddie sat on one sofa while Casey sat directly opposite. It was going to be a long morning, and Isaac still didn’t feel as prepared as he wanted to. Malia was in the next room, on stand-by if Isaac wanted a comforting shoulder, but he was determined to see through this interrogation. However, none of the trio actually knew where to begin. None of them had prepared themselves for this moment, and none of them wanted to be the first to speak up. Casey eventually gave in and broke the silence.
“You’re looking good” he awkwardly stated, “Both of you.”
“Not so bad yourself. For a corpse” Isaac remarked. Casey piped back down again. A few more seconds of silence passed.
“I didn’t want to do this to you” Casey began again. He seemed sincere in his tone, and both Maddie and Isaac were open to listening.
“I had to do what I did, they were coming for me otherwise” he continued.
“Who was?” Maddie asked.
“Chad. He’d started acting weirdly around me. I overheard a conversation he was having with someone.”
“I always knew he was shifty” Isaac commented.
“He’s more than shifty; I mean, this guy was telling him he had to kill me. So what did I do? I got one step ahead, faked my death, thought it’d throw him off the scent, and it worked, for a bit” Casey explained.
“Why couldn’t you tell us? We could’ve helped” Maddie asked.
“If you’d have known, it wouldn’t have been so convincing” Casey rather bluntly said.
“Convincing? Is that all that mattered to you? Too busy saving your own ass that you couldn’t spare the thoughts of your best friends?” Isaac raised his voice, feeling the emotions running high.
“I...I didn’t mean to upset you. I’m so sorry” Casey seemed genuinely regretful over his actions, having seen the effects on his friends.
“Have you even thought about us?” Maddie queried, also upset.
“Every single day. I’ve missed you guys so much. I didn’t want to do this but I knew I had to” Casey justified. Isaac stood up and sat next to Casey. They embraced in a hug, and Isaac signalled to Maddie to join them. The trio had all calmed down and beyond anything else, they were thrilled to be reunited at last. Malia watched on from round the corner, and she smiled to herself. As the hug broke up, the trio were united once again.
“Let’s get to work” Casey smiled.
Scott arrived back at his house, having been given a lift by Liam and Mason.
“Are you sure there’s nothing we can do?” Liam asked.
“I’m sure, you guys get some rest, we’ll let you know if anything happens” Scott responded, and walked towards his front door. All of a sudden, he felt his phone vibrate – an incoming call from his mum. Scott answered the phone.
“We’ve got another one” Melissa skipped the pleasantries and got straight to business. Scott was shell-shocked, thinking he’d nailed the killer in Chad.
“OK, we’ll be right there” Scott answered, ending the call. He looked at Liam, who had noticed the phone call and stood waiting by the car.
“We need to get to the hospital” Scott simply commanded.
“We’ll go, you check up on Isaac and Malia” Liam offered. Scott smiled and headed towards his front door.
“What language is this?” Lydia asked Deaton, showing him the sheet of paper.
“It looks like Kanuri, which is spoken in some places in Africa” Deaton informed them. Stiles had his phone out and was frantically tapping the screen.
“It’s not on Google Translate. This is gonna take a while” he explained.
“What are we waiting for?” Lydia smiled, taking the piece of paper back out of Deaton’s hand and sitting down at the central desk.
Click! The front door shut and Scott walked cautiously towards his living room, slightly worried for what he might find. He hoped deep down that Isaac and Casey had managed to talk properly but was half expecting to find them fighting, knowing Isaac’s “shoot first, ask questions later” approach. As he got closer, he began to hear laughter.
“Do you remember that time at school, when you were sent to the principal’s office?” Scott heard. It sounded like Maddie, and laughter followed.
“Oh my god, don’t remind me” another voice followed. This was Isaac, sounding embarrassed.
“Your phone rang in class, which is bad enough as it is but Justin Bieber as your ringtone? Come on Isaac!” Maddie laughed.
“Made even better by the fact I was the one calling you” Casey chimed in. Scott was smiling to himself listening to their conversation.
“Don’t worry, they’re all still alive” came a voice from right behind Scott. He spun round and saw Malia. She continued, “I’ve been keeping an ear out, thought I’d leave them to it for a bit.”
“Nice job” Scott commented, over the sound of their laughter, “They seem like such a tight pack.”
“You know he’d drop them in a second to rejoin you, right?” Malia sensed Scott’s jealousy over Isaac’s new found friendships.
“It won’t come to that” Scott stated firmly.
“I know” Malia responded, “I was just saying, you’re his idol. He looks up to you and always has. Same for all of us.” She smiled, and Scott smiled back.
“Scott, is that you?” Isaac shouted from the living room. Scott and Malia both walked in, joining the group.
“I see you’ve resolved your differences” Scott commented. Isaac grinned at Casey, overjoyed to have his friend back.
The mood was less joyful at the hospital. Melissa stood next to the bed of a young girl. On the opposite side of the bed stood Liam, Mason, Hayden and Corey, anticipating Melissa’s explanation.
“OK, her injuries are exactly the same as Sarah’s. It’s almost freaky to see the attention to detail in these cuts” Melissa detailed.
“Will she be alright?” Hayden asked.
“I think she’ll pull through, but she’s looking incredibly weak. Sarah’s the same, her injuries have healed but she looks hugely malnourished, despite eating and drinking as she should. I’ve never seen anything like it” Melissa answered, confident of what she was saying but with a tone of fear in her voice.
“Is this girl supernatural?” Corey queried, “We know Sarah’s a werewolf but Daniel was human.”
“She’s a werewolf” Liam identified from her scent, plus the rapid rate of her wounds healing.
“All of the casualties in San Francisco were followed by reports of wounds healing at an exponential rate, much like any werewolf” Melissa continued, “What’s interesting though is that all of them died. Sarah and this lady right here are both looking to pull through, although I have no idea why they’re so weak.
“I thought Chad was locked up at the sheriff station?” Mason commented.
“He is” Liam confirmed, “Which means someone else is helping him.” They all looked down at the young girl, lying helpless on her hospital bed, with none of them even knowing her name...
The tension in the animal surgery could’ve been cut with a knife, as Stiles and Lydia sat in silence with their phones out, trying to translate the text from the werehyena sheet. They’d barely spoken to each other about Lydia’s kidnap, unsure of what to say to each other. Stiles decided to speak up first.
“I was worried” he confessed. Lydia looked up.
“Me too” she replied.
“Like, I was really, really worried. I thought something bad had happened to you and I was never going to see you again” Stiles continued.
“Me too” Lydia repeated, appreciating Stiles’ concern.
“If I never got to tell you, you know” he stumbled over his words. Lydia looked right into his eyes, knowing what he was trying to say but waiting for the words. Stiles resumed, “If I never got to tell you how much I love you, I’d be devastated.” Lydia gave a little smile, visibly moved by Stiles’ words.
“Me too” she said one final time, as she put her hand on his. A tear ran down Stiles’ cheek and onto Lydia’s hand.
“Look at us” Stiles laughed, “Who ever thought that the nerdy kid would get the most popular girl in the school?”
“We’ve come a long way since then. Aren’t I the slightly weird nerdy girl with the excellent fashion sense these days?” Lydia joked.
“Half of that sentence was correct” Stiles flirted.
The familiar tone of Scott’s mobile rang as he was sat in his living room. It was Liam, so he answered it.
“Scott, you’ve got to talk to Chad. This girl has the same injuries as Daniel and Sarah, to the tiniest detail. She’s alive but seems drained of energy, much like Sarah. Someone’s got to be helping him, with whatever he’s doing” Liam explained, quite frantically.
“I’ll get down there now. Stay calm, do all you can to help my mom” Scott commanded to his beta. He ended the call.
“Let’s go” Scott sprung into action and Malia, Isaac, Casey and Maddie all followed suit, towards Malia’s car parked outside.
“Scott’s on it” Liam reported to the others after the call ended.
“So what do we do?” Hayden asked, “We’re sitting ducks waiting for the next attack.”
“We’re not sitting ducks, we’re gonna help save lives. Melissa, is there anything we can help with?” Liam asked. Melissa was about to answer but was interrupted by an alarm going off down the hallway.
“Stay here” she commanded before rushing off. The pack looked at each other, unsure of what was happening.
The sound of Malia’s car engine roared loudly as it ripped down the streets of Beacon Hills, heading towards the sheriff station as fast as possible. Isaac sat in the passenger seat to her right, with Casey directly behind, Maddie in the middle seat and Scott behind Isaac. She could hear Maddie talking but wasn’t paying much attention to what she was saying, focused only on the road ahead, and the goddamn red lights that kept stopping her.
“So you’re a true alpha?” Maddie spoke directly to Scott in the back, almost as if they were the only two in the car.
“Yeah, I guess” Scott wasn’t sure how to respond.
“Show me those red eyes” Maddie’s flirting was obvious, and Scott felt slightly awkward, despite Maddie’s obvious beauty.
“Maddie, give it a rest” Casey interrupted.
“What? I’m just being inquisitive” Maddie hit back.
“That’s how it started for us” Isaac joked.
“Can you stop talking? I’m trying to concentrate” Malia whined at Isaac.
“I was just...” he tried to protest.
“Well don’t” Malia cut him off instantly.
“What’s up?” Isaac asked quietly.
“Nothing” Malia responded.
“Malia, I’ve only known you a few days, but I can tell when you’re lying and you’re most certainly not telling me the truth right now” Isaac sussed her out.
“You and her” Malia quietly said, in the knowledge that conversation in the back had moved on and the others were not paying attention.
“We’re over” Isaac reassured.
“Cause she thought you were a murderer” Malia retaliated.
“We’re still over, don’t worry. There’s only one werecoyote for me” Isaac smiled. Malia seemed to calm down. They were sat at a red light, and she looked straight at him.
“People have let me down my entire life. Please don’t join my very long list” she asked of him.
“You have my word” Isaac lovingly said.
“I think I’m gonna puke” Casey butted in, having heard some of their chat.
“Leave it out” Isaac laughed. Malia was barely paying attention, smiling to herself as the light turned green.
“I’ve got it!” Stiles shouted in joy. Lydia and Deaton crowded round him, as he held out the sheet of paper with his phone in his hand.
“This bit here, it says ‘bultungin’, that translates as ‘I change myself into a werehyena’. It sounds almost voluntary, but where it gets interesting is the next part, which talks about how a hyena can turn itself into a man” Stiles explained.
“I don’t get it” Lydia was confused.
“With werewolves, they can only transform from human into wolf, right? Werehyenas can sometimes be the other way round. Hyena into human” Stiles continued.
“So Chad might have been born a hyena” Lydia concluded.
“That could be bad news for us” Deaton was concerned, “If he was born and raised as a hyena, that means his animal instinct is likely to be stronger. Take Scott, he’s lived his life as a human, so the urge to remain human is constantly there in the back of his mind, but for Chad, it’s the opposite.”
“There’s no humanity holding him back. He’ll do anything” Lydia worried.
10 minutes had passed and there was still no sign of Melissa returning to Liam and his pack. Hayden had been tending to the newest victim, holding her hand and telling her she’d be alright, even though she was unconscious. Liam sat directly next to her.
“I’m scared” Hayden confessed.
“Why? You’ve got nothing to be scared of, that’s my job” Liam comforted her.
“But this could be any one of us. Lydia’s been kidnapped already, what if I’m next? I might end up lying on one of these hospital beds, unconscious” Hayden started to cry.
“I won’t let that happen” Liam said, placing his hands on her cheeks, “I promise you.” He wiped away her tears and hugged her.
Across the room, Mason and Corey were sat on the floor. Mason looked deep in thought.
“What’s on your mind?” Corey queried.
“Nothing seems to add up yet. Everything feels so calculated. Liam and Isaac being framed, the injuries being identical to the tiniest detail” Mason thought aloud.
“You don’t have to solve it all you know” Corey was worried.
“I can’t help it, I’m trying to find the logic in this but everything feels so random, yet so planned at the same time” Mason carried on wondering. At this moment, Melissa rejoined the group, looking solemn.
“What is it?” Liam asked.
“Sarah. She passed away” Melissa regretfully informed them, “We did all we could, but nothing seemed to work, the doctors are baffled.”
“We need to work out a way to save her” Hayden commented, referring to the young girl lying helpless on the hospital bed.
“I can take her pain?” Liam suggested.
“She’s not in pain, her wounds have healed. The problem is with her energy levels. She’s being fed through a tube but there’s no change in her strength” Melissa detailed. All of them felt helpless.
Scott led the group up to the sheriff station, where they were greeted by Parrish on the front desk.
“Hey guys, what’s up?” Parrish asked.
“We need to see Chad” Scott responded.
“Sorry guys, the Sheriff’s restricted access to him” Parrish answered.
“It’s important” Isaac added. Stilinski came out of his office, having seen the group of teenagers gathering at the desk.
“He’s under arrest for suspected murder, we can’t just let anyone in, I’m sorry guys” Stilinski tried to reason with the group.
“5 minutes, that’s all I ask” Scott pleaded. Stilinski sighed, knowing that he’d have a fight on his hands if he continued to refuse.
“Alright, 5 minutes, and I’ll be timing you” he decided.
“Thanks” Scott smiled and the group walked through to the cell.
“We’ve got to get to Scott” Lydia said, starting to feel worried about what Chad’s plan might be.
“He’s not picking up” Stiles had his phone out already but couldn’t get through. However, they stopped in their tracks when they heard the front door bell chime, signalling that someone has walked in. Deaton signalled to Stiles and Lydia, placing his finger in front of his lips to make sure they stay quiet. Deaton went to the doorway, and there stood a young man with long hair.
“Where’s Lydia?” Shane asked, baring his fangs.
“I feel so helpless” Hayden worried. She was tired, having spent most of the day by this young girl’s bedside.
“We’ve done all we can” Liam tried to console her once again. He was distracted from this, however, when he picked up a scent he hadn’t noticed before.
“Werewolf” he stated.
“I’ll go look” Corey suggested, turning himself invisible. The door opened, and to anyone without the knowledge of the pack, it would’ve looked like it was opening itself. Corey crept down the hospital hallway, looking at everyone that he passed. However, one particular person stood out. A young African-American girl was stood at the top of the corridor. What worried Corey most was the fact she was staring right at him. She walked immediately in his direction, and Corey ran the opposite way. He was still invisible, but when he looked back, the girl had started to run too. She knew exactly where he was. Corey ran straight back into the hospital room, and slammed the door behind him.
“Help me!” he yelled, as he became visible again. He was pushed against the door, ensuring nobody could get in, and Mason helped by placing the chair up against it. The girl stood outside, facing through the small window in the door.
“Melissa McCall, I need you” she shouted. This sent a chill through Melissa’s spine, worried about what this may entail.
Lonely in his cell, Chad sat on the floor with his back against the wall. Despite everything that was going on, he felt relatively at ease. Shane and Anita were still about, and he’d more than prepared them for this moment. On the topic of preparation, he was also prepared for Scott’s arrival at the cell, and it came as no surprise when he brought Isaac, Maddie and Casey along with him, with Malia in tow too.
“What took you so long?” Chad asked, with a smirk on his face. He was still sat on the stone cold floor.
“Don’t flatter yourself, you’re hardly a priority” Isaac retaliated. Malia held his hand, feeling sympathetic for Isaac – a feeling she wasn’t used to herself.
“Oh that’s the side of Isaac I love. The anger, the rage, the feelings left behind by your father. What was it like to be locked up in that broken down freezer?” Chad tried his best to provoke Isaac, and it looked like it was working, as Isaac’s heart rate increased. Malia whispered in his ear.
“Ignore him, think about me. Imagine us on holiday, on the beach, you in your shorts and me in my bikini. No stress, just relaxation” she whispered as if she were a therapist. Isaac took note, and calmed himself down.
“What do you want Chad?” Scott asked.
“I want you, Scott” he replied.
“And kidnapping me got you that...how?” Casey was sceptical.
“I want you too, don’t think you’re getting off so lightly” Chad replied, “Look, right now I’ve got Shane and Anita dealing with your little friends, so let’s not waste any time if you want to see them again.” The pack looked at each other, worried about what Chad was about to suggest.
“I need” Chad began, leaving a few moments as if he were building tension, “...your power.” Scott was aghast, and he worryingly looked towards Casey, who felt much the same.