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Teen Wolf: Sabotage Episode 6
"Power and Control"
"Power and Control"
It was the dead of night in Beacon Hills, with nobody around in the forest. Nobody except for three hyenas, that is. The trio ran through the forests, on the hunt for shelter. However, one turned and noticed a peculiar looking tree – one cut down to a stump in fact. It was, however, much larger than any of the trees surrounding. One by one, the hyenas made their way through the clearing and stood on top of the tree. As they stood on top, their form shifted, one by one, almost as if the tree had given them power to make a full transformation. Now stood on top of the tree were three humanoid figures. One was a male in his mid-40s. Balding, dark hair; next to him stood a woman a similar age, with flowing blonde hair, and a younger lad, in his early teens, with messy dirty blonde hair. All looked dazed and confused, wondering just how they transformed the way they did...
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.
“How would my power help you?” Scott asked. He was totally confused, having just heard Chad say that he wants his power.
“It wouldn’t help me personally. Not yet anyway” Chad replied, with the usual level of arrogance in his tone.
“What if we say no?” Casey jumped in, fighting the same battle as Scott.
“Then Shane and Anita will finish off your friends. The other option is to let me out and...” Chad began to explain but was cut off.
“Woah, you’re not going anywhere. You need help, Chad” Maddie was raging at the suggestion of Chad walking free.
“If you’d let me finish?” Chad retaliated, “If you let me out, your power could be used to save lives.”
Melissa felt terrified for her life as she was blocked in a hospital room, with a psychotic werewolf calling her name outside. One comfort was the presence of Liam and Hayden, two werewolves themselves, plus Corey and Mason.
“Time is ticking Melissa, come out or I’ll come in and get you myself” Anita shouted.
“I need to go” Melissa whispered to Liam.
“You can’t!” Liam sternly whispered back.
“Yes you can Melissa” Anita shouted, having heard what they said. Melissa closed her eyes and tried to think of another way out.
Meanwhile, at the animal clinic, Stiles, Lydia and Deaton were in a similar spot of trouble.
“I know you’re in there Lydia” Shane shouted, from behind the mountain ash gate.
“Even if she were in there, how would you plan on getting to her?” Deaton proposed.
“You can’t stay in there forever, I’ll just wait. However, the quicker you come with me, the smaller the consequences” Shane explained.
“Was that a threat?” Deaton queried.
“Do you want to take that risk?” Shane fired back.
In the main room of the animal clinic, Stiles and Lydia were having a quiet conversation. They were sat on the floor, cuddling together.
“Stiles, I’m scared” Lydia confessed.
“Me too, not gonna lie” Stiles responded, “But don’t worry, I’ve got you. He’ll have to get through me before he can reach you.” Lydia moved in closer, making the most of the moment.
“You can’t seriously be considering this?” Maddie protested. The group were huddled together, talking privately about what to do with Chad. Well, about as privately as they could, considering Chad heard every word with his enhanced hearing.
“We don’t even know why he needs the power yet. He’s being super vague” Malia added.
“But if it could save lives, perhaps it’s the right choice?” Scott pondered.
“Ironic for him to talk about saving lives when he’s done nothing but take them” Isaac commented.
“Why don’t we ask him? He’s gotta be upfront with us if he wants our help” Casey suggested.
“Sounds like a plan” Scott approved. They all turned back to Chad.
“You want more information?” Chad proposed, “Better pull up a chair.”
Liam was sat down, pondering an exit route. He took out his phone, and started tapping. He turned the volume off, ensuring that Anita wouldn’t hear it outside. Neither Liam nor any of the others knew Anita, and he felt he had to call for help, afraid of what she wants with Melissa. His finger slid over one of the contacts and the call began, but Liam simply held the phone down low, and stood up.
“Hey! You, outside!” Liam shouted.
“What the heck are you doing?” Mason whispered harshly.
“Something clever” Liam confidently replied.
“There’s nothing we can do, is there?” Lydia whispered to Stiles.
“We could try and appeal to his better nature” Stiles suggested optimistically.
“You’re assuming he has a better nature” Lydia retorted.
“Fair point” Stiles responded, “Got anything better?” Lydia looked stumped.
Just metres away, Deaton was continuing to stand his ground.
“What is your name?” he asked.
“Shane, I’m a friend of Isaac’s” Shane responded.
“How loosely is the term ‘friend’ used?” Deaton questioned.
“Very loosely I’d expect” Stiles interrupted. He and Lydia were stood in the doorway. Shane smiled with pleasure.
“What’s your name?” Liam shouted.
“Anita” was the response.
“You’re one of Isaac’s friends?” Liam responded.
“The details aren’t important. I need Melissa McCall, and the longer you drag this out, the worse the consequences will be” Anita threatened.
“Why do you need her?” Liam tried his best to get as much information as possible, his phone still in his hand.
“She will be necessary” Anita was purposely vague.
“Necessary for what?”
“Like I said, the details aren’t important. Make the right decision and make it quickly, there’s no other way out.” Liam pressed the ‘end call’ button with his thumb, and sat down in anticipation.
It had been 10 minutes since Scott and the others had arrived at the station to speak to Chad, and Stilinski was getting impatient.
“These kids are pushing their limits, I’ve already given them an extra five minutes” he complained to himself, sat in his office. He stood up and made his way to the cell.
In the meantime, Scott was prepared to hear Chad out.
“I grew up in the forests of Beacon Hills. I was born a hyena, and hunted as a pack with my parents” Chad began to explain, “But one night something happened. We reached a tree stump in the middle of the woods, I’d never seen it before, but I felt like I had to walk towards it.”
“The Nemeton” identified Scott.
“It transformed all of us. We became human. There’s always been a myth that a werehyena can begin as a hyena and transform into a human, but the Nemeton gave us the energy we needed. Except it went wrong. My parents had been hyenas their entire lives, but my mom’s body couldn’t cope. She was admitted to hospital and her condition stabilised, but she had no power. I’d never seen anything like it, but it was like almost all of her energy had been drained from her” Chad revealed. At this moment, Stilinski interrupted.
“Alright guys, you’ve had double the allotted time” Stilinski ordered. Maddie stood up and approached him.
“Look fella, we’re gonna need longer. Important business and all that” she responded, pushing him back out of the door and closing it. Stilinski was slightly embarrassed by what happened and left them to it for the time being.
“Where were we?” Maddie asked, seamlessly slotting back into serious mode.
“Wow” Scott muttered under his breath, amazed by Maddie’s effortlessness. Isaac smirked, having heard Scott’s comment.
“As I was saying, my mom was struggling. The doctors didn’t know what to do, so we moved her ourselves. My dad got a job at the big warehouse down town, and we kept her in the basement” Chad continued.
“What happened to a good old fashioned house?” Isaac remarked.
“Did you hear the part about being a hyena for most of my life? None of us had any money, we had to live under there while we were saving, hiding out. We moved and got a house in San Francisco as you well know. Were you too busy adjusting your scarf to listen?” Chad was riled up by Isaac’s comment.
“Alright you two, calm it. Keep going, Chad” Casey kept the peace.
“After a while, my dad’s health deteriorated too. It’s like they couldn’t handle the transformation, but here I am, unaffected” Chad explained.
“It was brought on forcefully by the power of the Nemeton, their body wasn’t expecting anything so drastic. You’re younger, you can adapt better, like you Malia when you shifted from coyote form back to human” Scott speculated, “How do the murders come into this?”
“It was a one-off at first. They told me I had to take the power of another supernatural, and it worked, short term. They had power, and energy, but it didn’t last long at all. They made me kill more and more people. I was precise with the injuries to cause a distraction” Chad exposed.
“But Daniel, he wasn’t supernatural? Where does he come into this?” Malia queried.
“Collateral damage” Chad bluntly replied, “He knew too much. He had to go.” Malia was horrified by the response.
“You want our power because it’ll save their lives” Scott stated. The pieces began to slot together in his mind, and he wasn’t quite sure what to make of the situation.
“What do you want?” Lydia asked Shane.
“You, the banshee” Shane replied, “You didn’t think you were kidnapped for no reason before, did you?”
“Of course not, everything you’ve done has been for a reason. Chad’s much too calculated” Lydia thought aloud.
“You’re smarter than you look” Shane remarked.
“I suspect you are too” Lydia hit back, seemingly making an impact on Shane as his tough demeanour became much more closed in.
“I can’t do this anymore” he confessed. Deaton opened the mountain ash gate and Lydia escorted Shane through.
It had been at least half an hour since Anita began pursuing Melissa – Liam wasn’t sure exactly how long. She’d set off the fire alarm to evacuate the hospital, so it was just them left in the building. Liam looked remarkably calm, in contrast to Hayden, Mason and Corey, who were all scared stiff.
“How can you be so calm?” Mason asked his friend.
“You saw, I called for back-up” Liam responded, as cool as a cucumber.
“Whoever it is, they’re taking their time” Melissa seemed sceptical.
“Wait, can you hear that?” Hayden shushed the others.
“I can’t hear anything” Corey responded. Hayden looked towards Liam.
“Use your wolf hearing” she commanded. Together, they both focused on their long-distance hearing ability. They both heard the sound of thudding footsteps, but something else caught their attention further. It was the spluttering, raging and fearsome sound of fire, which could only mean one thing.
“Parrish” Hayden identified. Liam smiled.
“I need you to let me out. Together, we can help my parents, then the murders will stop, I promise” Chad sounded sincere.
“What will you do after?” Casey asked.
“We’ll move back to San Francisco, start afresh, you can get on with your lives as normal” Chad promised. The others huddled round again.
“You’re actually considering this aren’t you?” a disgruntled Maddie sussed out.
“He seems genuine. His heart has been beating like normal” Scott answered.
“Wouldn’t be the first time he pulled off a convincing lie” Malia argued. Maddie stared at her, noticing exactly what drew Isaac towards her.
“There are five of us, and just one of him. If he tries to escape, we’ve got him covered” Isaac noted.
“All those in favour?” Scott asked. He, Casey and Isaac raised their hands. Malia and Maddie did not.
“This is gonna go horribly wrong” Maddie remarked.
Stomping his way towards the hospital room, Parrish made his way up the corridor and towards Anita. He was in hellhound form, surrounded by fire, and ready for battle. In turn, Anita prepared herself – fangs and claws on show. She stared at Parrish as he turned the corner, and he glared back. Without warning, Anita charged at him, bearing her fangs. Parrish simply pushed his hand forward, sending a shockwave of fire back at Anita, sending her flying down the corridor. She landed, sparked out. Parrish cooled down and opened the door, greeted immediately by a delighted Liam.
“What are we waiting for? Let’s get out of here” Parrish suggested, and the group ran as fast as they could.
Stiles and Lydia positioned themselves on one side of the central desk in the animal clinic. Shane was on the other while Deaton held court at the end of the desk.
“Why does he have you in the palm of his hand?” Stiles interrogated.
“I…I can’t say” Shane stuttered.
“It’s alright, you can tell us. We want to help you, and we can only do that if you tell us everything” Lydia explained.
“Chad…his mum is an alpha. She converted me to a werehyena. It was against my will, I didn’t want anything to do with his plan, but he told me that I’d be an omega without him, and omegas never survive. It was kill or be killed – Casey was supposedly dead, Isaac was suspected of murdering him and Maddie drifted away from all of us. Anita was convinced but I was never sure” Shane detailed.
“Whilst it’s true that an omega has less power than an alpha or beta, it’s not impossible to survive alone. I’ve met many omegas who have coped fine on their own” Deaton spoke with wisdom.
“So…I’ve been worried…for nothing?” Shane looked even more downtrodden. He broke down into tears, “We…we…killed her”.
“Who?” Stiles asked, sharing a concerned glance with Lydia.
“The werewolf girl. I didn’t even know her name, but Chad had just captured Casey and wanted answers. He sent us out, to take her power and bring it back for his parents” Shane continued.
“Stealing another supernatural being’s power is common but I’ve never heard of it being stolen and passed on” Deaton was unsure of the situation.
“Anita did most of the work but she wanted my help to make the injuries precise – to match those of every other victim” Shane was visibly upset as he spoke.
“It’s alright, you’re safe now” Stiles walked around and put a comforting hand on his shoulder, “I think you might have just given us the key to stop him.”
Steadily opening the door, Maddie and Malia checked the coast was clear before strolling up to Stilinski, who was stood at the front desk.
“Are y’all done, girls?” he asked them.
“The guys have a few more questions, we’re gonna head home. They said they won’t be long now” Malia explained. Stilinski’s back was turned away from the door to the cell room, with Malia and Maddie facing towards it. Maddie winked in the direction of the door as Malia kept on talking, and Scott crept out, moving a few metres down the corridor. He elbowed the fire alarm, setting it off.
“Everybody out!” Stilinski shouted, as the pace inside the room was ramped up. Everyone quickly but calmly made their way out of the fire exit. Stilinski gave his key cad and a pair of handcuffs to Malia.
“Cuff him and bring him out, fast as you can” he ordered, before assisting his colleagues in evacuating the rest of the building.
Meanwhile, Casey and Isaac kept an eye on Chad as they waited for the alarm to sound.
“So much power in you” Chad remarked, looking at Casey. Chad almost looked hungry for power.
“I’ve known you long enough to be one step ahead of you” Casey responded.
“Is that why you did it? Faked your own death?” Isaac jumped in and asked Casey.
“Basically yeah” Casey bluntly responded, “Look Isaac, I didn’t get any enjoyment from it. I hated every second of it, but I was trying to keep myself and all of you safe.”
“I went on the run, that’s hardly protecting me” Isaac retaliated.
“Sorry, that’ll be my fault” Chad interrupted, “When I found Casey lying supposedly dead, I planted evidence to get you locked up. It was a distraction for the cops. Oops.”
“You…” Isaac was filled with rage. Casey put a hand on his shoulder as Isaac was about to square up to Chad, despite the metal bars of the cell being between them. Isaac felt Casey’s reassuring hand, and calmed himself down. All of a sudden, the fire alarm went off. A continuous ear-piercing ring. Moments later, Scott, Malia and Maddie returned with the key card to the cell.
“Where are we going?” Corey panted as the group ran out of the hospital.
“We’ve got to find Scott” Mason suggested.
“Where would he be?” Hayden panicked. They burst through the front doors and stopped for breath.
“He…he went to talk to Chad…at the station” Liam gasped for breath as he spoke.
“You’ve got to get down there, now!” Melissa ordered, “I’ve got to get that young girl out.”
“I’ll stay, you can’t fight Anita on your own” Parrish offered.
“Me too” Hayden jumped in, “You guys find Scott, we’ll be fine”. Liam moved in and kissed her.
“Look after yourself” he said, breaking the passionate embrace.
Stiles and Lydia stood outside the animal clinic with Shane. It was a quiet night, barely a cloud in the sky. The sky certainly felt clearer to Shane too, knowing he’d found someone to confide in.
“So just keep on as normal, don’t let Chad suspect anything’s up” Lydia ordered.
“You can’t mess this up, this is the only chance we’ve got of bringing him down, you got that?” Stiles patted him on the back.
“I’ve got it. He’s not gonna be happy though” Shane still seemed mellow.
“How do you mean?” Stiles was confused.
“I was sent to collect you Lydia, for your power. The power of a banshee. The reason he kidnapped you in the first place” Chad explained, “I’m gonna need a damn good reason for returning without you.”
“You’ll think of something. It’s alright” Stiles smiled. Shane walked off into the distance, putting ona brave face, ready to return to Chad.
“You think this will work?” Lydia asked.
“It’s got to” Stiles confidently replied, but with a look of fear present on his face.
Whilst keeping a keen lookout, Chad was escorted through the police station and out through the front door. The fire alarm had sent everyone out to the back of the building, where the assembly point was located, so the front of the building was all clear for them to make an escape. Chad was kept in handcuffs and walked just behind Scott, who led the way with Maddie.
“I was wondering, when this is all over, if you’d fancy taking me to dinner” Maddie tried flirting with Scott. Scott in return looked baffled and was almost put off the mission.
“Time and a place” Scott responded flippantly.
“Aw, can the big alpha not handle a little bit of flirtation?” Chad teased.
“Sorry for asking” Maddie sulked.
“No” Scott backtracked, “I’d love to”. He and Maddie smiled at each other.
“Are we leaving at any time soon? I don’t really wanna be here when the alarm stops and they come back in” Isaac nagged. Scott turned round and continued. Malia was last out of the front door, closing it gently behind her. The cool wind hit them as they walked outside, hair blustering about all over the place. It felt strangely calm as they walked towards the car, but the calm was broken as a voice came roaring through the silence.
“Scott! Don’t trust him!” came the voice, shouting. It was Liam, who began to run towards Scott, with Mason and Corey in tow. At that precise moment, a loud snap was heard and Chad broke free of his handcuffs. He too two syringes out of his pocket and stabbed one into Scott’s neck and one into Casey’s, from behind them. Isaac and Malia bared their fangs but while the two alphas dropped to the floor unconscious, Chad’s face turned orange and he pulled a gun out of his pocket. Isaac and Malia both backed off while Liam, Mason and Corey stopped running when they were a metre away.
“Stay back or I’ll shoot” he threatened.
“You don’t have to do this” Isaac tried to reason with him.
“Look at Isaac, always trying to impress Scott, the lost orphan with no home” Chad taunted. He then directed his attention to the full group, “Run away, as fast as you can, or I promise I’ll shoot.” Liam nodded at the others and they reluctantly ran off together away from the sheriff station. Chad picked up the two unconscious werewolves and heaved them away.