A VampWolf Wedding – Chapter 17: Axaltra Pocono 400

“Are you sure we should be here?” Alice Cullen asks as she glances over at her brother.

“We need to warn her,” he answers. “It’s the only fair thing to do.” Alice rolls her eyes as she crosses her arms.

“But really, warn her here? In front of everybody that she knows who isn’t supposed to know a drop of her world?” Edward knew the timing could’ve been better, but he wasn’t about to waste any either.

“I’m sure we can find some quiet time, and you can be here since you have that pass.” Alice looks down at the pass around her neck, reading it over, before letting it go and rolling her eyes. She still wanted to know how Edward had gotten it for her quickly.

“Why doesn’t Danny or Yolanda do this stuff?” Edward knew the answer, obviously, having spoken with Danny.

“It’s called they’re babysitting Melody and she can’t be around humans right now. Hello full moon time, hello random changing. Do you want to scare everybody and make them thing Keselowski is an alien?” Alice thinks it over, having some doubts over Brad. It wasn’t that too shabby of a plan.

“Hey….” Brad says as he opens the door, glancing between the pair confused. “I wasn’t expecting guests this weekend….” Edward walks past Brad, with Alice following in toe. “Don’t I get any explanation?”

“Shut the door,” Edward states as he glances between Juliette and Brad, both looking at him with confused glances. Brad closes the door as requested, before focusing his eyes on the pair.

“You don’t normally come around….” Alice shakes her head no, not really having any desires to deal with vampires after the first round. “Why are you here?”

“Because she came with me on an important assignment.”

“Assignment?” Juliette questions and Edward shakes his head yes.

“You see visions of the future….” Brad recalls and Alice shakes her head yes this time. “Why don’t I like this idea at all?”

“Because perhaps it means danger is coming your way and you’re scared,” Alice comments as Brad lets out a sigh. He knew it was never good to see her. “Alright, look. Word has spread that you guys are set to get married in a month and that obviously doesn’t sit well with people. Needless to say, there’s some vampires who are out to find you and well, destroy you.”

“How did you come across this information?” Brad wanted to laugh it off, believe it was just another random scare.

“How the hell am I supposed to protect him when we’re busy with our lives?” Juliette demands, feeling a shake of fear as she knew what the people were capable of.

“The message was dropped off by a fellow mate who knows the group but actually likes you,” Edward informs Brad. “He told me it would be wise for me to warn you. So here I am with your warning, sir. As far as protecting him, just be careful and watchful. They’re not going to strike during the day so just watch what you’re doing at night and who you’re hanging around. Oh, and never go anyplace alone.” Juliette glances over at Brad as he rolls his eyes.

“He’s serious, Keselowski,” Juliette says with a stern voice.

“I have seen visions of a meeting with a deadly consequence,” Alice starts. “People in a room, discussing, plans of death for someone else. Needless to say, this fits that vision adequately.” She then pulls out a piece of paper, handing it to the pair. “Those are the people I see. Stay far from them.” Brad and Juliette unfold the piece of paper, looking at it together. They couldn’t place the people anywhere from the drawings.

“Thanks….” Juliette didn’t want to be comfortable with the news, given the danger that she knew laid over their heads.

“We must be going. But we thought we should tell you. Goodbye.” Alice and Edward then head for the door together.

“You’re not even going to stay for the race?” They look back, shaking their heads no. “That’s crazy!”

“We got things to do, people to see. We just wanted to protect you.” Without another word, the pair left the motorcoach, leaving Juliette and Brad standing there, facing each other in silence.

“We’ll be fine,” Brad says quietly as he reaches out, pulling her close and kissing her forehead. “We’ll be fine. I love you, and I’ll do whatever it takes for you. We’ll be fine….”

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Brad laces his fingers with Juliette as they head back to the motorcoach lot together. It had been a great day at Pocono Raceway. He had a solid finish, and watched one of his good friends Ryan Blaney snagged his first career victory. Needless to say, they also knew it’d be a late night with the party about to ensue.

“Looks like we have a party to go to,” Brad comments as they reach the motorcoach. “I know you’re missing Melody so you can go see her with Danny, and I’ll do the party alon-”

“There’s no way in hell that I’m letting you out of my sight!” Juliette cuts him off, causing Brad to spin around instantly. “You heard what Alice and Edward said. They’re also most likely to strike at night. Perfect opportunity while you’re drinking your ass off with Dale and Ryan, and not aware.”

“So you’re coming to play bodyguard?” She shakes her head yes.

“Besides, I know Ryan just as well as you do. Don’t you think I deserve to come? Danny will understand.” Brad lets out a sigh, agreeing to it as he goes to the back to get changed.

“You know, you still owe me one….” She then smiles as she walks down the hall, leaning against the door frame. “You said that having a weekend alone, you’d offer me what I wanted more than anything. I haven’t seen that yet, sweetheart.” She then smiles as she twirls a piece of her hair with her finger. “I’m still waiting….”

“I did say that I owe you one, but I didn’t say this weekend or today, now did I?” Brad turns around, grin forming on his face as he walks right up to her.

“Yeah, but I know you want me…” He then slips his finger down her pants, running it along her slit. “You’re all wet and juicy and wanting me. You want me. You want all of me. You just don’t want to admit it.” She feels herself craving to his touch, almost kneeling over in slight as he pushes his finger inside of her.

“Bradley….” He smiles, hearing her purr his name.

“Yes Juliette?” She then lets out a low moan as she pulls him closer to her.

“Stop being a little tease and get the deed done. We have a party to get to, remember?” He smiles, continuing to push his fingers inside of her.

“I remember….but a party for two sounds so much better….” She couldn’t deny those words.

“Bradley, stop teasing….”

“Why sweetie?” He then leans in, kissing her lips, as he continues to fondle inside of her.

“Because I need you…..” He then backs up a little, smiling.

“I thought you’d never say those words.” He then kisses her lips once again, before moving his tongue down to her, licking the entire way, sucking ever so lightly where the scar from the bite mark remained.

“A deal is a deal….”

“So you’re finally craving….” He then goes back to sucking her neck as she feels herself reaching out, craving him, thirst building in her mouth.

“Bradley…..” He then moves down her neck to her shoulder, slipping the strap off from her tank top, before licking and sucking there, too.

“Yes?” He then repeats the process on the other side.

“Why are you making this so damn hard? I thought you wanted this more….” He then laughs, enjoying the tease he was creating.

“Because I want to make it worth your while and wait…” He then slips her tank top up, pulling it off. He reaches around her back, unclasping the bra before sucking one of her nipples.

“Bradley….” There was no holding back the moans anymore, as she badly wanted to move over to the bed.

“Didn’t you try to talk me out of this? Have you changed your mind?” He then switches the sides.

“Oh gosh yes…..”

“So now you want me?” He then picks her up, carrying her over to the bed, laying her back on it, before climbing on top of her and continuing where he left off.

“Bradley….” He then lets his tongue move down to her belly button, doing a circle around it as a giggle escapes her lips.

“Ticklish, are we?” She didn’t need him having any distractions.

“Keep focus…” He then lets his tongue roam down further, licking her along the waist line.  “Damn Bradley….”

“What’s wrong my little vampire? Are we thirsty for something?” A small growl escapes her lips as a response to the question as he slips her jeans off, followed by her underwear.

“Just already, please…” He then goes along her waist again, before down her thigh and back up, while placing a finger back in her slit. “Bradley….”

“What do you want, Juliette?” She then reaches for him, pulling at his firesuit, followed by his underwear, stroking his cock.

“You know what I want, jackass.” He then looks at her in surprise.

“Desperate, are we?” She then lets out a moan, stroking him once again.

“Please…..” He then pulls his fingers out, smile crossing his finger as he moves his cock closer, brushing it along her slit, moan escaping her lips. “Please Bradley, please….”

“Your wish is my command….”

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The pair walk up to the front door, glancing at each other with a smile, before opening it and going inside. They had arrived an hour later than they had anticipated due to their extracurricular activities, but neither was going to let the smile disappear off their faces in response.

A VampWolf Wedding – Chapter 15: “Necessary Conversation”

Edward Cullin walks through the halls of Brad Keselowski Racing, glancing around as he takes everything in before reaching the office in question.

“He’s in there,” Austin Cindric simply says before walking away.

“He?” Edward questions as the young driver looks back.

“Yeah, Brad. Isn’t that who you’re here to see?” Edward pulls out his phone, re-reading the text message.

“Usually it’s Juliette that sends me messages to meet her different places.” He then reads it over, once again, “But nope, this time it is Brad. Thanks…”

“You’re welcome.” Austin then heads down the hallway, glancing back a little curious as he watches Edward enter the office, closing the door behind him.

“You know, normally it’s Juliette that wants to talk about things. You never want to talk vampire things…” Brad looks up from his desk, knowing that Edwards was right. However, this was important.

“Let’s just say this is a necessary conversation about my daughter,” Brad informs him as Edwards sits down, slightly confused.

“Everything okay?” Edward asks, a little worried based on Brad’s tone.

“They are – but only because Juliette stepped in. Let’s just say that she tried to bite my teammate a week and a half ago.” Edward’s jaw drops in surprise, though he had to admit it wasn’t totally a worst case scenario. He remembered when Bella met his family for the first time.

“How did that come about?”

“He came to my motorcoach for a band-aid as his finger was bleeding. A bit dropped on the floor, and she smelt it before going for a bite. I pushed him out of the motorcoach and her way, while Juliette grabbed her.” Edward was thankful for the quick movements by both, only wondering as to what would’ve happen should the teammate been bitten.

“What was his reaction?” Brad remembered the pair of conversations clearly. It was why he called Edward.

“Caught off-guard, scared, fearful, wondering whether he should even spend time around myself and Melody. He questioned it twice to me. Let’s just say that it wasn’t the most settling experience. Now, Joey is my best friend and we spend a ton of time together. I can’t be having this happen, especially not again.” Edward understood the concern, remembering the concerns he had surrounding Bella before he eventually bit her.

“As long as you keep her away during the full moon hours, and make sure there’s no more bloody sightings, there shouldn’t be a problem.” Brad took in those words, wanting to leave the topic alone.

“There shouldn’t be? I want a guarantee.” Edward lets out a sigh, wishing he could do that.

“Look, there’s a 95% chance of nothing hap-”

“But there’s a 5% chance that she’ll go after him again? Do you realize this isn’t a chance that I want to take?” Edward could only sigh once again.

“I get that. However, nobody has ever done this before – werewolf and vampire. Nobody knows how that’s going to mix and affect things. Hence why I can’t give you perfection. I know it’d be fine vampire world, but I don’t know how being a werewolf affects that.” Brad could only shake his head in response, accepting.

“Sometimes I just wish we didn’t have to deal with this at all. I just wish there was something I could do and it’d magically go away. It becomes more a problem than a good thing. The worst part is trying to make people like Joey, Brittany and Paul understand.” Edward could only symphasize, remembering his experience with Bella’s father.

“Give it time. As they learn more and see that things aren’t as strange or weird as they seem, or at least somewhat more balanced than given credit for, they’ll get it. I know it’s stressful and painful at times, but it’ll be fine. Besides, I think they can all attend the wedding without fear of incident.” Brad lets out a sigh as he knew that was now just over a month away, and yet plans hadn’t been finalized yet. “Bad topic?”

“Sometimes I just wish we could go to the local court house, get married and be done with it. Trying to balance ourselves with tradition is just pain staking at times.” Edward smiled as he remembered his and Bella’s wedding together.

“You’ll figure it out. You both always do.”

At home, Juliette sat on the couch, holding Melody in her arms as she rubbed her back.

“You know, your ears are sort of cute,” she comments, seeing the werewolf formation of her ears. “Perhaps cuter than your father…”

“Dada…” Melody says as Juliette just smiles, holding her tighter.

“Yeah, dada. You’re like your dad in many ways sweetheart.” She then glances down, noticing something tickling her by her stomach, laughing as a little tail sticks out. “Oh Melody….”

“Race…race…” During days like this, she’d just jabber random words, not noticing a single thing different despite furry ears and a tail. The only ones who noticed the difference was those around her.

“Yes, sweetheart. We get to see daddy race this weekend.” Juliette glanced at the calendar, knowing it’d all fade away that night with the full moon phase over for May. In a way, she was glad as it brought some normalcy back to their lives. However, she had to admit that she was cute with it.

A VampWolf Wedding – Chapter 8: “Are you kidding me?”

Juliette smiled as she held the baby in her hands, rocking her back and forth, seeing the little blue eyes closed.

“Are you kidding me?!?” She hears from the kitchen, glancing down the small hallway in surprise.”Like really?”

“Care to clue me in?” She calls out, hearing the footsteps make their way down the hall. She could tell that he was angry about something, and could only imagine what it could be.

“Todd is suspended for two weeks – rear-end suspension infraction, and Joey’s win doesn’t count for the Chase.” Juliette’s jaw drops in shock as she was not expecting that news – especially so soon after another penalty against Penske, which Paul was still dealing with.

“That’s certainly a morning shock and a reason to be upset.” She then watches him sit on the couch, sending a couple text messages back. “What are your thoughts?”

“It’s part of the game, right? We have to push harder than ever before to find an advantage, and sometimes you go too far. It’s better to know the boundaries now rather than in October, too. I’m not going to crucify Todd like some people on twitter.” She could easily understand both sides of the coin as she sat there in disbelief.

“Just promise me that you won’t cause a shit storm on twitter today?” He looks over.

“You’re not the first person to warn me of that, and don’t worry – I’m staying off twitter totally today.” She smiles, glad for that. They didn’t need any other chaos surrounding them.

“My other piece of advice? I know that it’s all about pushing limits, but maybe it’s time that a talk was had with both Todd and Paul, and they were warned to relax a bit.” He then looks at her, shocked. “It’s not creating the best image, and it just means the heat will be turned up that much more on you guys. There’s got to be a line in the sand somewhere.”

“Am I hearing this from the girl who spent years working at Hendrick Motorsports? Are we hypocritical much?” She shakes her head no. “What about Knaus?”

“Just because we made those press releases sound the way they did, and created that culture image for the public eye didn’t mean that I agreed with his actions. Just go ask Dale as he heard a couple of my rants through that.”  He wanted to bite back at her, explain how pushing the envelope, sometimes breaking the rules and racing  was all part of the game – just go back in the years. However, it wasn’t worth an argument having.

“I’ll keep your thoughts in consideration personally, but don’t expect me to be changing the ways of Todd and Paul. We’re successful for a reason.” He then stands up, walking back towards the kitchen.

“So where are you headed now?” He then glances back, caught off-guard by the question.

“It’s Thursday. I need to check in at BKR and then at Penske before packing for Dega.” She shakes her head, understanding. It was just per usual schedule. She thought that he was avoiding her based on the conversation.

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“So is this getting caught cheating thing something that I got to get used to hearing then and pretend is nothing based on that explanation?” Edward questions her as she rolls her eyes. She had called him to discuss things surrounding Melody; however, she had been stuck answering stupid questions about Joey’s penalty for the past 10 minutes instead.

“Pretty much based on what Brad told me,” she answers as he looks on surprised. “I know it’s wrong, it’s a sin, it’s the worst deed ever – but that’s just how it goes. If you live our life, you’d get it.”

“I’m not going to try and get it, if you don’t mind.” He then looks over at Melody, smiling as he watches the little girl play with her toys. “Anyways, you called me about her….”

“I still am worried about what’s going to happen as she grows older, Edward. We’re already seeing automatic changes under full moon conditions. We’re already seeing the blood thirst go up, and be higher than I was at her age. I’m worried about the effects of both being werewolf and vampire on her, what’s going to show more and whether we can handle this.” Edward understood those concerns, and still valued them highly. However, he wasn’t about to scare Juliette out of her wits.

“I understand your concerns as nobody knows what to expect. However, you both handled dating each other and combining things there like champs, and faced the battles thrown your way with ease. I have a feeling that whatever happens with her as she grows, you both will handle wonderfully. As far as her ways right now, you know how that goes – first two years things spiral out of control, and then they relax.” She shakes her head, believing in his words. However, that didn’t mean she was set on everything.

“The werewolf thing – I get how that calms down, thanks to the explanation from Dawn and Brad. However, the whole vampire thing. We just don’t stop – we have to control that. If she is having urges, how do I control that till she’s old enough to understand resistance and handling it?” Edward knew there was only one answer, having lived through it himself with Bella.

“Home school her so that way she’s not around other kids. Then when she’s old enough to understand – say 10, then you can start working towards it.”  Juliette knew that’d only solve part of the problem.

“What about on weekends? All the garage kids play together and want to do things together. I can’t just come out and say that’s not happening.” Edwards knew that each situation was unique in itself. He was just glad that he could pin back on old experiences for now.

“Let her play with them for the first couple years no problem. Then when she gets four or five, come up with something. Teach her to not bite her friends, but rather ask mommy for a drink and then you can take her away and satisfy her.” Juliette smiles. It seemed that Edward had the answer for everything. Perhaps her nerves were getting the best of her.

“You’re amazing, Edward. Thank you.” He then pats her shoulder.

“No – you’re amazing for how you’re handling things, and how you will handle things throughout your entire lives. Everything will work out fine for you, Brad and Melody.”

The Mysterious Puppies – Chapters 36 Thru 40

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Chapter 36: Chicago

“Great strategy – just didn’t give you a good enough car,” Paul comments after Brad gets done his final interview following the Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. Brad had finished the race in the top-10 with an eighth place finish, despite having an ill-handling car mot of the day. “Sorry about that.” Brad shrugs his shoulders.

“Sometimes you have it, and sometime you don’t have it,” he offers. “We did the best that we could and still came out with a top-10. I’m not complaining.” Paul smiles as he watches the crew start loading everything up.

“The first round is about survival. We did that here and we can do that the next two weeks.” Brad shakes his head in agreement, confident going into both New Hampshire and Dover, more so New Hampshire.

“I think we should just notch off another win next week and not have to worry at Dover.” Paul smiles, liking the sounds of that.

“Are you sure that Juliette wants to see another live lobster?” Juliette glances over at the pair and shakes her head no. She wanted nothing to do with being close to the live animal.

“I don’t think it’s nice to torture the pretty girl with live crabby animals, Paul.” He then wraps an arm around Juliette’s shoulders, giving her a kiss on the cheek. “Besides, that may get you a gift that you’re not wanting.”

“No, I’m good. I don’t think I want to be cleaning up any messes.” Juliette and Brad both laugh. “You can head if you want. I got nothing else to say and I know the lady needs to be closely taken care of.” Juliette then rolls her eyes.

“Not you too,” she comments with a sigh.

“Hey, it comes with the territory of being pregnant,” Paul offers. “We all worry about you, sweetie. You should soak it up and take full advantage, demanding full baths and back rubs and any comfort that you desire.” She then looks over at Brad as a smile forms on her face. Perhaps his over-worrying was a good thing.

“Suddenly, things just looked a lot brighter for me.” Brad then looks over at her shoulder at Paul, who laughs.

“Have fun Brad!” Paul then heads off as Brad rolls his eyes.

“Thanks a lot, buddy!” Brad tells him before looking back into Juliette’s eyes. “He’s right, though. I want everything to go perfect these next five months. I’ll do whatever it takes to make you happy, keep you healthy and let our little buddy grow nicely.” He then leans in and kisses her lips. “Ready to g-”

“Brad, can I ask you a couple questions?” Brad hears and immediately freezes, glancing over his shoulder to see his least favourite reporter, Rory Stevens, standing there. brad then takes a deep breath before turning to face him.

“I’m not doing any interviews with you. I did my post-race interviews before you got here. Ford will release quote from the media scrum, which you can use. Have a nice da-”

“Brad, wait….please.” Brad shakes his head no.

“I mean it, Rory. I’m done doing post-race stuff and I’m just about to head out with my girlfriend. Besides, I heard about you sneaking around. I heard about you trying to dig up information on me and Juliette. I heard about you visiting Dale, Joey and calling up others in search of some gossip to make your baby reveal sound that much better. Great job, reporter. We’ll see how many friends that makes you.” Brad then walks over to Juliette, wrapping his arm back around his shoulder as they walk off together. As they walk away, he texts Michael, explaining what happened so the PR rep had a heads-up on what could possibly come.

He knew that Rory was probably there to play it off as doing a story on Brad’s day and ask the typical questions that they were asked post-race. If that was the case, he could use the quotes as Brad said.

However, he also knew what the reporter had been up to and wasn’t about to take any chances when it came to questions or answers about Juliette and their baby. Their business was their business. The media and fans knew enough that they needed to know – her name, the fact that she was pregnant and how they met. Beyond that, the rest didn’t matter for the public eyes as it didn’t concern them. It wasn’t their life and didn’t play affect to being a fan.

To his surprise, though, there wasn’t any story forth coming early that week that pertained to him and Juliette. Despite the supposed digging, nothing had surfaced. Perhaps the reporter was having a change of heart – never. Perhaps the search was coming up empty-handed.

That’d be just nice, though a little surprising as Michael had been waiting for something to surface about Juliette’s previous relationship with Jason Burdett.

The PR rep knew of the relationship as he had seen photos. He also knew of the details to why they broke up, with regards to the police report that Juliette had filed in saying that Jason was abusive. He also saw that it was dropped, pondering whether she was one of those that was after money and trying to set a simple trap. As soon as the suggestion came to mind, he immediately shook his head, knowing that wasn’t the case. Brad would’ve seen through it, Juliette seemed too sweet of a girl and Dale would’ve warned Brad if that was the case. He also heard of Jason’s untimely death as a result of an animal attack at a track, and wondered if it could be related. Shaking his head and perhaps even laughing to himself, he knew he had been in the office too long to even believe that was possible.

With no connections and unable to make things flatter in a way that would make the reporter look good – everybody would sympathize with Juliette and call the reporter a jerk should he try and make some story of Juliette’s past stand out – perhaps everything had dried up and the rest of the year would be smooth sailing.

Then again, this was Brad Keselowski that he was working with and he knew that when it came to Brad, he had to be on his toes.

 

Chapter 37: Concerns….

All I will say about this chapter is the idea came to me rather quickly as I was writing and SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!

 

Brad finished up at the shop, heading home that night. His plans simply consisted of a nice light dinner, followed by packing and getting ready to fly up to New Hampshire for the second race of the Chase.

He entered the house, slipping his shoes off as he closes the door behind him.

“Juliette?” He calls out, wondering where she is. Sometimes he’d come home and she’d be relaxing on the couch watching TV, while other times he’d come home and she’d be doing stuff around the house. There was then the times that he came home and found Yolanda over, which caused him to simply roll her eyes. She was a little crazy, if you will.

“I’m upstairs,” she calls out from the bathroom as she sits on the floor, leaning back against the wall. She lets out a sigh, wishing that she could simply leave the bathroom behind and never enter the room again.

Things with the pregnancy had been going smoothly without any issues, besides feeling a little more tired than she wanted at times. She found herself taking more naps than normal, but other than that had things under control. She just continued to despise having her daily blood drink.

Though this past week, things had taken a turn. Since returning home from Chicago, she had felt worse than ever, spending more time in the bathroom than any other room in the house.

As Brad entered the bathroom slowly opening the door, she could see the concern on his face. That concern had been written on his face all week as he was concerned about the amount of times she had thrown up. They both knew that morning sickness – and sometimes being sick throughout the day – was common with pregnancies. However, at times, both of them thought this was getting a little overboard.

“How long have you been in here?” He asks, not moving far from the door. Depending on her answer, he wasn’t set on moving much further but rather either getting her checked out by their doctor, or at least calling Edward or someone that could help them.

“Most of the day,” she offers as she wipes her face off with a wash cloth for what felt like the millionth time. “I came in here after I got up this morning and had breakfast. I came in here after a short nap. I had my daily drink at lunch, and found myself in here afterwards. I can’t keep nothing down, and I just feel awful.”

“Maybe it’s time that we do some-”

“Brad, it’s just part of being pregnant. Everybody that we’ve talked to had sickness during pregnancy.” She then rubs her stomach as she glances in the mirror. With only being a month and a half pregnant, you couldn’t see any signs quite yet. “I guess mine is just over the top because we’re doing something that you normally don’t do.”

“I still say that we should be safe rather than sorry and check this out.” She rolls her eyes, knowing that the paranoid side of Brad had been present since she had gotten pregnant. Though, truthfully, she was starting to believe that he was right. What was the worse that she could hear?

“Fine. You’re right.” She then lets out a sigh. “We should check in with the doctor.” She then grabs her phone off to the counter, sending a couple of quick texts as Brad looks at her confused.

“Okay. What’s the docto-”

“I already texted her. She said that she’d meet us at my brother’s place.” Brad could only let out a sigh. He knew that’d equal her brother adding some worry to the picture. While he liked Danny, he didn’t need his overbearingness right now – unless it made Juliette realize that she should’ve done something sooner. Perhaps this could be to his advantage.

“Okay. I’m ready to go, even though I don’t think I can’t used to this flying.” She could only chuckle at his comment. Rather than drive, they always flew to her brother’s – not in a plane, but simply pushing feet off of the ground and going into the air. It was a simple trick that vampires knew that’d get them from one place to another within seconds. She wished that she could do that on race weekends, as well, but then realized how odd it’d be for Brad to arrive without a plane. There’d be a lot of questions asked.

“I texted my brother. He’s coming to get you because I don’t have the ability with how I am feeling to hold you up, as well.” She knew stating that was admitting a sign of weakness, but it was what she needed to do. She knew if she tried to fly them both, she’d lose what bit of strength that she had instantly.

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“How is she?” A new voice fills the room as Edwards walks in the room.

As Juliette set-up, Danny showed up and flew Brad to the house while Juliette followed. Dr. Melissa Shack met them there, and immediately began checking out Juliette. The fact that he was having some trouble got out rather quickly, with Edward and the majority of his family arriving. He had watched Bella go through her problems while pregnant with their child, and could only wonder about Juliette.

“Melissa is checking on her right now,” Yolanda offers from her seat on the couch. She was working her way through a blood cake in an attempt to kill the nerves that had found her. “Brad and Danny are in there with her. Danny said he’d come out with an update as soon as Melissa had one.”

“Did this just flare up or what?” Edward then sits down on the couch, figuring he might as well pass the time with some light conversation. It didn’t seem like they’d be moving anytime soon.

“She said that things were alright till Monday when she got home from Chicago. She started feeling sick then, thinking that it was just part of the process. Brad then made her get it checked on just to be sure. It could be nothing, Edward.” Edward shakes his head, understanding. He remembered being jut as nervous about the smallest things with Bella, just as Brad was being with Juliette. It was love speaking. Sometimes those concerns were warranted, while other times were just normal parts of being pregnant.

“She hasn’t bled-”

“No, and I don’t want to hear any talk of that nature. The baby is going to be fine, Brad and Juliette are both going to be fine and they’re going to live happily ever after.” Yolanda takes a deep breath, thinking back to all the tough times that she had been through with Juliette, from when her parents died to the trouble with Jason. “She deserves this and there’s no other way about it.”

She then relaxes back, not having much else to say as her own worry began to take over. She just hoped that Danny would appear soon with some sort of update.

About 20 minutes later, he walked out of the room, which resulted in both Edward and Yolanda looking his way immediately.

“Things are more serious than she thought,” he offers as he sits down in the chair that sat across from the couch. “Her body is fighting against itself, as having a puppy in a vampire is obviously a foreign concept. Therefore, her body is trying to push the object out of its system.”

“The baby isn’t ready….” Yolanda lets out and Danny shakes his head, agreeing.

“That’s what all of us said in there. However, Melissa says there’s no other choice but to remove the baby from her stomach or else her body will start to eat itself from the inside.” An immediate drop of sadness formed on Edward’s face, as he couldn’t believe the words that he was hearing. Just like that, everything that had worked for was disappearing.

“There has to be something that they can do for the baby, Danny. They can’t just do this.” Danny takes a deep breath, having more to say to them as Melissa had explained only minutes ago to Juliette and Brad.

“Melissa says that the baby isn’t lost, yet, despite having to remove it from Juliette early.” Edward then looks over at him, confused. “They’re going to put the baby in an incubator, just like you do with baby chickens and pigs when they’re first born. They’re also going to hook up other tubes – like breathing aparthis – to allow it to grow. They will leave it there till it’s fully grown and really to be removed, whether when it was supposed to be born in February or before then, or after.”

“So is that happening right now?” Edward wonders and Danny shakes his head yes.

For the next couple of hours, the three of them sat in the room with worry as they waited for someone to emerge from behind the door. During their wait, they heard a knock at the front door, in which Danny answered. A pair of people entered with the equipment that Melissa needed for the baby when it was removed from Juliette’s body, in which Danny simply led them to the room without a comment. Besides that interruption, the room had remained quiet with concern.

With two hours and 45 minutes of waiting time in the books, Dr. Melissa Shack came out of the room with a mall smile on her face. The three of them could only resonate that meant that thing had gone well.

“The baby is in the incubator and responding well to everything,” Melissa tells them. “I’d like you both to meet Melody Daniels-Keselowski, born on Thursday, September 24 at 6:50pm. Given her size and acceptance of the treatment, she should be set to be released to the world in February, as planned. I am also proud to announce that Juliette is doing well, despite having her stomach cut into. She’s currently resting quietly with Brad by her side as they watch the baby.” The group could only smile at the news that they had heard. It was great to hear.

“So what happens now?” Danny wonders as Melissa motions for the group to follow her. She then led them to the room, where they could smile as they look into the incubator. The little girl was so small, barely visible and probably only a couple ounces in weight. They then looked over at Juliette, immediately smile as they saw the look on her face.

“We’ve been looking at Melody’s growth and situation, and the parents have some planning that they’ve done. It’s just a matter of whether you will accept.” Danny and Yolanda then glanced at each other confused, but looking towards Brad and Juliette.

“I can’t just give up racing over the next couple of weeks because that’d just seem odd,” Brad starts. “Everybody knows that Juliette is pregnant. We have talked and she’s going to not come to the races over the next couple of months to finish the season, simply because she’s pregnant and going thru the highs and lows of that. Being the caring mother that she is, she wants to stay here and keep an eye on Melody.” Danny then looks on confused.

“Couldn’t we take Melody to your hous-” Danny starts and Brad immedialtey shakes his head no.

“I have friends that come over that don’t know the truth about…well….Anyways, I don’t need them seeing that and asking questions. Is that fair?” Danny shakes his head, understanding. He had forgotten some of the elements of Brad and Juliette’s life with humans.

“Brad is going to spend his weekends at the track racing, and some days during the week at the shop as he is obligated to,” Juliette continues. “He also has media appearances and such that he has to stick to, as well. He will spend any free time that he has among that, along with his nights, here with me taking care of our daughter. Danny and Yolanda, with that said, I want you to be in charge of his transportation, if you get my drift.” The pair easily caught on, knowing that they’d be flying Brad back and forth accordingly.

“I have no problem doing that for you sis,” Danny offers.

“Besides, she has been trying to get me to go to a race,” Yolanda adds. “I could fly you to a race, check it out as a team guest and then return you here.”

“Can I trust her to not eat my team members?” Brad questions as Juliette laughs.

“I’m sure she’ll be behaved,” Juliette comments. “She’s been behaved so far when (Joey’s fiancé) Brittany has come over.” She then glances back towards her brother and bet friend. “But, are you sure that you’re okay to agreeing to the idea?” The pair shake their heads yes.

“We’d do anything for you,” Danny tells her before giving her a hug.

“Besides, you have a very cute daughter to boot,” Yolanda state as she glances towards the little tiny girl.

“We won’t know how much vampire and werewolf she is till she gets bigger,” Melissa comments. “It just depends if we see some fur, ears and a tail forming.”

“I don’t care what happens as she gets bigger, as long as she’s healthy,” Danny states as both Brad and Juliette smile. “So, when do we tell your parents?” Brad’s smile immediately disappeared. He had thought about telling them right away, but was worried as to their reaction.

“Give it a week and I may let it slip to them,” Brad comments. He had to first figure out whether it was the right decision based on the relationship, and current situation the baby was in. Did he want them wanting to come to Danny’s place? Did he want to risk the progress that they had made already? “Everybody outside of this room and family doesn’t find out till February when they were supposed to meet her.”

“Are you sure you can keep a secret from Paul?” Juliette questions, knowing that Brad told the crew chief everything.

“Trust me – he doesn’t need to know this. I’d be annoyed with a series of questions and need for photos.”

 

Chapter 38: Leaving for Dover

“So I was thinking – maybe we could get together for dinner tonight,” Paul suggests after they finish their normal Wednesday meeting.

As per schedule each week, they’d meet on Mondays to debrief the previous race, and on Wednesdays to look forward to the next race. Considering that a restart penalty and 12th place finish came their way the previous weekend at New Hampshire, Brad was certainly looking for a rebound this weekend in Dover.

Though while it had been a frustrating day at the track, Brad couldn’t help but be in a good mood. Despite the concerns, Melody was doing great under the breathing system and Juliette was feeling stronger as her body healed from the emergency procedure. For Brad, being able to see his daughter and girlfriend each night, it was the best feeling ever. He had almost not come into the shop that morning as he wanted to spend more time with Juliette.

“I got plans for tonight,” Brad simply tells his crew chief, knowing the plan. Yolanda would be by around 5pm when he’d be done for the day. She’d give him his ride back up to the house, where he’d spend the evening and night with his two favourite girls. Life couldn’t get any better than this, right?

“Oh, okay,” Paul accepted as he keeps his eyes on his driver. He could always tell when Brad was hiding something, and it seemed like one of those times again. “I haven’t seen Juliette lately. Everything okay there?” Being the proud father that he seemed to be growing into, he wanted to bolster about Melody’s birth and growth, while showing photos. However, he remembered the agreement with Juliette – nobody would know anything till February. He could tell his parents if he wanted, but nobody else.

“Yeah, everything is going fine.” He knew that he had to tell the crew chief something or else he’d keep bugging. “With how she’s been feeling lately, the doctor advised a strict rest schedule so she won’t travel here on out in making sure she takes care of herself and the baby.” Paul shook his head, understanding. He didn’t know the details of a werewolf-vampire pregnancy, but understood that type of thing from regular human pregnancies.

“Well, glad that she’s doing alright and things are going according to plan. I can understand the doctor’s concerns as what matters most right now is her health.” Brad shakes his head in agreement, simply flashing the crew chief a smile.

“Perhaps we could do dinner next week.” He thought there may be a chance to get Juliette to come home for an hour and play the part. It would be hard to pull her away from Melody as he hated being away himself, but figured she’d do it to help keep the story as is. Besides, a little break wouldn’t hurt as they knew that she was in good hands with Danny and Yolanda.

“That sounds great, Brad. See you later.” Paul then heads out without another word as Brad goes back to his e-mails, smiling. He just hoped hat he could keep up his guard for the rest of the season.

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“Are you sure about flying out in the morning?” Yolanda questions late Thursday evening as they finish up dinner. Yolanda and Danny had learned some of the human foods, training themselves via recipes and suggestions of what to make via Brad and Juliette. So far, both were satisfied with what they had been able to make, enjoying the tastes. Brad had to also admit that they were both good cooks.

“I have to be there this weekend,” Brad answers, wishing that wasn’t the case.

“But what about this weather? It’s supposed to rain all weekend anyway!” Brad lets out a sigh, having looked over the forecast earlier in the day. With the tropical storm in the area, it was supposed to rain all day Friday and Saturday, with a slim chance of possibly racing on Sunday. Most other tracks had cancelled their shows, or postponed to another date. He wished that NASCAR would do the same, but knew better than that.

“Incase there’s even a small window that we can get track time, they won’t cancel. If they cancel off the day’s activities, though, I’ll be prepared to fly out right away. Besides, I have a media appearance and some sponsor appearances, too.” Yolanda could only roll her eyes at the thought. It seemed purely ridiculous in her mind.

“I’ll make sure to pack my rain gear incase, I guess.” She then takes the dishes out to the kitchen, beginning to rinse them off. “Oh, what’s the plane plan?” Brad smiles, having traded some interesting comments with the pilot and Paul lately.

“I told Paul and the pilot that I had taken a ride with a fellow driver early due to an appearance. The pilot is flying the plane out tonight with Paul only on-board. I will fly back to Charlotte following the race, and you will pick me up from my house.” Yolanda makes a note of the plan while rolling her eyes. She wished that she could simply pick Brad up from wherever she wanted without reservation. Why couldn’t humans just get what they were doing?

“I’ll be there as soon as you arrive back at the house, sir.” Brad smiles as he offers her a quick hug.

“I appreciate everything that you’re doing for Juliette, Melody and I. It means a lot.” Yolanda could only smile in response, while glancing over Brad’s shoulder at her best friend.

“I’ve been close with Juliette since we were toddlers playing together. There was no hesitation in doing what was needed, Brad. Besides, you make her happy – and that’s something that I’m so glad to see.” Brad shakes his head agreeing, knowing Juliette’s background with her parents dying when she was young. That was of course followed by the trail of events with Jason.

“You don’t have to worry, Yolanda. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure things stay this way.” He then heads over to where Juliette was laying, lying down beside her as his eyes fixate on the incubator that holds their daughter. “I think she’s going to have your eyes as she gets bigger.”

“How could you know that without having a glimpse at them yet?” Juliette questions as she looks over at Brad with a smile, lightly kissing his lips.

“Because she’s so beautiful lying there that I guarantee that she has most of your traits,” Brad answers as Juliette simply smiles.

“Don’t be so sure of that, Brad. I don’t think there’d anything wrong with her picking up some traits from you.” Brad then lets Juliette lay her head on his shoulder as they both keep an eye on their daughter. “Do you have to go in the morning?”

“I have media and sponsors appearances, and I can’t just hide and tell the guys that I’m in the motorcoach all day. I got to make some appearance…” She then lets out a sigh as he brushes a bit of her hair aside. “Don’t worry. I already told Yolanda that if it gets cancelled early, I’m out of there immediately without looking back.”

“I wish I could be there with you. I just can’t see myself leaving our daughter.” Brad shakes his head, understanding. Truthfully, he was fine with that right now.

“Our daughter needs to have one of us here. I can’t be here so you need to be here to take care of us for us both. Don’t worry – I don’t plan on retiring soon so you’ll have lots of races to go to.” Juliette smiles as she knew that was the truth with how much she saw their future growing together. That didn’t mean the future not seem odd at all with the recent announcements.

“I saw Tony’s announcement coming, truthfully, with what happened.” Brad shakes his head in agreement. It was obvious to everyone around that something big was going to happen with Tony.

“He said that the announcement had nothing to do with his injury or the accident. He also added that he plans on racing a lot even past his retirement, just not NASCAR.” Yolanda smiles as that didn’t surprise her. While doing PR for JR Motorports, followed by Dale Jr.’s personal PR, she found herself at race events that Tony was either in charge of, and possibly running to, while her driver was there as a special guest to sign autographs.

“Just promise me that you’ll be careful this weekend.” Brad then looks down at Juliette, giving her a kiss on the lips.

“I promise. I’m going to do everything that I can to win the race and make the next round of the Chase – while being careful, okay?” She shakes her head yes.

“I wouldn’t mind you bringing Miles to visit.” Brad laughs, knowing that’d be a great way to cap off the weekend.

 

Chapter 39: Busy Schedule

Juliette could only let out a sigh as she sat in the bed playing Skip-Bo with Yolanda.

She was feeling better since the baby ordeal and was moving around the house more. She would go take a shower and do some things around the house, but spent a lot of time in her room wanting to keep a close eye on Melody.

So far, things were going alright with Melody. Melissa (the doctor) didn’t have any complaints about the baby’s progress thus far. She was developing according to schedule and progressing towards being set for her normal expected delivery date.

She then lets out a sigh as she glances out the window. The plan had been for Brad to focus on his racing on the weekend, and then spend time with her through the week. He was supposed to do his necessary daily meetings, but would spend every other moment with her. Why was that not happening this week?

“Where did you say he wa-” Yolanda finally questions, seeing Juliette’s annoyance.

“Phoenix, Arizona testing ahead of the race there in November,” Juliette cuts her off, remembering the discussion before Brad had left early in the morning. She understood the reason why he wanted to test there and knew it a necessary. That didn’t mean that she didn’t agree with him going.

“Why does he need to test? I mean, isn’t it same track, same car every week?” Juliette looks over at her friend and can’t help but laugh. There was so much that Yolanda hadn’t learned yet.

“Every track is different in its own way and requires each car to be a little different to work at that track. They also don’t use the same car every wee, but rather different cars suited to different styles of track.” Yolanda shakes her head, understanding.

“Why is this so complicated?” Juliette laughs and shrugs her shoulders as she takes her turn in the game.

“Don’t worry – you’ll get the hang of it as I teach you more.” She then glances over at Melody before returning to the game. “I’m mad at him for going. I want to be able to spend more time with him with our unique situation here. But, I also understand why he needs to test. If he wants to win the championship, he and Paul need to have everything working perfectly. That includes testing to get better at tracks that they still have left on the schedule. That’s why I can’t be mad even though I feel mad.” She then lets out a sigh as she leans back, grabbing her glass of water. “Does that even make sense?”

“Your personal needs require your boyfriend to be here in your arms, however you don’t want to be selfish and understand why that can’t be happening. It makes sense. Welcome to long distance relationships and why they’re stressful. Just be glad that he will be here tonight and you’ll get some time then.” Juliette shakes her head agreeing. Some time was better than no time, and she knew she couldn’t take that for granted.

“Oh, I may go home next week for a day. Brad wants me to check in with Paul so he doesn’t go absolutely nuts in not seeing me. I’ll probably also spend time with Joey’s wife Brittney as we have a nice friendship and she’ll want to see me.” Yolanda shakes her head, understanding. She knew the situation with Melody was going to include balancing being there and watching her grow, while taking into account the rest of their life.

“That’s fine. I can keep an eye on melody and warn you if something goes wrong. I told you that from the beginning. If you take a day every other week, that’ll work out fine.” Juliette shakes her head in agreement as that was her plan. It was just the holidays that she hadn’t worked out yet.

“What about Christmas? Brad hasn’t told his parents or siblings yet about Melody. How are we supposed to do the holidays?” Yolanda sets her cards down, knowing that there were a lot of questions to be asked about the future. She wasn’t even sure herself.

“You’re going to need to talk to Brad about things. Perhaps by then, it’d be a good opportunity to share the news with them. Perhaps something could be worked out so that way they could meet her then. I can’t answer all these questions for you. I can only help you where I can help you.” Juliette shakes her head, knowing that her friend was telling the truth.

It felt fair to tell his parents as they would be curious about the pregnancy. It also seemed that Brad’s sister was just starting to warm up to her, while Brad’s mom and brother loved her.

However, the big of sting left from his dad held her back. If they revealed and wanted to share Melody, which would involve bringing them here while they waited for her to big enough to release her from the unit. Could that be something that she could handle?

“Why do I have to make things so complicated?” Juliette finally questions as Yolanda laughs.

“Because as we’ve said many times – life isn’t just an easy road that you travel without hiccups along the way,” Yolanda reminds her. “It’s all about the journey along the way and teaching yourself more about you, and other lessons to make you a better person. You’ll figure it out. You always do.” Yolanda knew by those words that she needed to have a serious chat with Brad about how they were going to deal with things surrounding Melody moving forward.

“I hope you’re right.”

 

Chapter 40: Family Discussions

Juliette glanced over her laptop, catching up the latest bit of NASCAR news.

Being secluded up in the house had its ups and downs. She was close to her baby Melody without interruptions, but had to spend time away from Brad. She was having a much-needed break after a crazy life over the past couple of years, but was missing in some of the biggest news stories.

The latest? The fact that Brian was going to drive for Brad at Talladega. She had always wondered why the brothers hadn’t been closer in the past, and possibly working together. Though reading both Brad’s blog and a couple articles that Brian was interviewed for, it seemed to make sense now. She knew that she’d be cheering for Brian to have a good run on Saturday.

“So how is Austin doing anyway?” She asks with a glance over at Brad as he had returned that evening after a busy day at the shop. He had spent the morning doing a couple meetings with Paul, followed by an afternoon at BKR finalizing things for Talladega.

“He says he’s feeling better and able to move more,” Brad shares from his latest conversation with Austin. “Everything is going according to plan. He may be able to run some more races before the end of the season.” Juliette couldn’t help but smile. From the times that she had spent with Austin, he seemed like a sweet guy and he had talent behind the wheel to boot. It’d be nice to see him get an expanded opportunity.

“That’s great. Hopefully Brian does well this weekend.” Brad shakes his head in agreement. He knew that anything was possible at Talladega, but he also knew that his brother was good at working the draft. If all the pieces came together, it could be a successful time together.

“I have all the belief in him that he’ll do well.” Juliette only smiled in response as she took a deep breath. While it was fun to keep the discussion light hearted, there were more serious matters at hand, especially after her discussion with Yolanda.

“Speaking of family, we need to have a discussion about things.” Brad then looks over at her curiously as he watches her close the laptop and scoot closer. “We need to figure out what we’re doing for the holidays – thanksgiving and Christmas. We also need to figure out telling your parents, Dawn and Brian about Melody.” Brad lets out a sigh as he was gladly enjoying the avoidance of that topic. He loved his family, but their reservations about Juliette made the discussion touchy. “I think we’re going to need to tell them sooner rather than later, as we originally intended. We can’t come up with excuses around Thanksgiving.”

“So what are you saying? Do you think we should tell them next month?” Juliette didn’t want to control Brad’s life. However, she wanted to try and make the situation as easy as possible.

“Thanksgiving is next month. My family doesn’t really have a tradition for that, but I know that yours does. Your mom will want you there for a big dinner with the family. Now, Yolanda and Danny can watch Melody for us as she still can’t leave then. However, we could mention it to them then.” Brad shook his head no immediately. He knew that upon mentioning it, they’d have 20 million concerns, demand to see the child and question the whole process of the pregnancy.

“It’s still too soon for them, Juliette. I know that you feel that’s right, but it’s too soon.” Juliette could only shake her head in an understanding way. She wanted to believe what Brad was saying as he knew his parents best.

“So when do you think we should tell them?” Brad had thought it over, debating time and time again whether this would be a fitting idea.

“Christmas. Let it be our Christmas surprise. We can reveal that she was born – total truth and explain why we kept it quiet as we had. At that point, they can come see her if they want to – as long as they listen to certain guidelines of behavior.” Juliette shakes her head, seeing as to why Brad wanted to wait till then. It made sense with the concerns and it would make a great gift. “Wait – if you go to Thanksgiving dinner, they are going to see you and see that you no pregnant belly. They’re going to think that you miscarried and demand answers.” Juliette then smiles as she crosses her arms. This was exactly what Yolanda talked about.

“So, now what are you thinking?” Brad lets out a sigh as he knew his back was up against the wall. If they were going to do Thanksgiving dinner properly, it would have to be revealed then.

“We are going to have to tell them. If we try to use your pregnancy and inability to fly as an excuse, they will want to come to my house. Whether I like it or not, we are going to have to reveal it next month.” Juliette felt her breath hitch in her throat at that thought. Could she handle the reaction that she’d receive?

“Yolanda and Danny have said that they wouldn’t mind allowing your family to come see her.” Brad was glad to hear that understanding and appreciated it. However, that didn’t make things perfect at his end. He knew how Dawn and his dad felt about things.

“I’m sure my mom and Brian would welcome that. It’s just about convincing Dawn and my dad.” Juliette knew that Dawn would be easy – she was excited about having a baby sitter. His dad? That was going to be a challenge.

“Well, no matter what happens, it will work out. As long as we have a game plan and understanding, it’ll work out. Melody is growing and nothing is wrong there so everything else is the least of our worries.” Brad could only smile as he glances over the little incubator, seeing how Melody had changed in size in just the past couple of weeks.

“She’s certainly adorable. I can’t wait till we can both hold her in our arms.”

The Mysterious Puppies – Chapters 26 Thru 30

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Chapter 26: Paradise

“Come on….” Juliette says as she pulls Brad by the hand.

He was glancing around, noticing some of the trees and the way the place was laid out. He was trying to take in the surroundings, but she was set on showing him the magic spot for the week.

“Don’t I get to go for the full tour first?” He questions as she shakes her head no.

“Each spot is a privacy spot so if you start checking things out, you’ll interrupt some vampire loving,” she tells him as she pats his head. “Be a good doggy and listen to me.” He immediately rolls his eye as he looks over at her.

“What did I say about calling me your pe-”

“Tough luck, you’re my doggy and that’s all.” She then keeps moving around the small island, finding the spot that was numbered with their number for the weekend. “You could say that this spot was made for us.” He grins as he notices the ‘2’ as well. She then pulls back a set of the trees, motioning for him to go through first as she follows. “Welcome to paradise.”

“Wow….” He then walks along the bit of sand, glancing around the area as she walks up behind him, wrapping her arms around his stomach.

paradise“Was this worth it?” He immediately shakes his head yes as he glances to his left and notices the wood cabin. He could already see inside that there was a place to cook, a fire to relax by, as well as a wide enough bed for the pair of them to cuddle.

“I could get used to this.” She then runs out ahead of him, making her way down the small rock path.

“Get used to it because this is our place for the whole week!” She then flops back on the outdoor bed as she puts her hands behind her bed. He then walks up to where she is laying and can’t help but smile.

“So this is the perfect spot for a retreat and some puppy making?” She shakes her head yes as she sits up and faces him, pulling him closer as she tugs on his jeans.

“A vampire does his or her best work when it’s night time and in as much air as possible. A werewolf does his or her best work under the moon, correct? Welcome to the outdoor bed where we can do all that fun underneath.” He then glances around before turning back to the bed.

“And privacy?” She smiles as she points to the bushel of trees they came through.

“Nobody is allowed through that boundary, unless we give hem appointed permission. Considering this place is out in the middle of nowhere, they’ll be no one peaking from the other side either. Brad – it’s total privacy. We can be who we want to in our own skin without a single worry.” He then hops on the bed and pulls her close.

“Then what are we waiting for?” She glances up at the sky, seeing the sun still shining brightly in the sky.

“There’s some yellow thing in the sky, Keselowski.” Brad glances up at it before returning his eyes back to hers.

“I need practice.” He then climbs on top of her, kissing her lips as he runs his fingers underneath his tank top while she simply laughs. This was going to be a fun week together.

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“I was thinking of going and getting some dessert,” Juliette offers. “I think it’d be a nice treat to enjoy…” A grin forms on Brad’s face as he had other ideas for that night.

They had been on the island for four nights now and it seemed that each night, they were up to the same naughtiness together. It wasn’t that they were looking for accuracy in her being pregnant, but they couldn’t keep their hands (and paws) off of each other. Being able to explore under the moonlight without reservation or thought of being spied on brought forth the urge for more sex from them both as they wanted to get to know each part of each other as well as possible.

During the days, they had enjoyed the island – spending some time swimming, while relaxing by the water and telling stories about their own kind and how things came to be.

As Juliette thought about everything to that point, she knew that she couldn’t had planned a better trip if she tried as it was truthfully a remarkable experience to date. She was learning more about herself and Brad than she could’ve imagined and knew that it’d only make them closer moving forward.

“Aren’t you always looking for treats to enjoy?” He questions as he glances over the list of possible treats that were available in the fridge. The package came with an assortment of treats made available for your eating pleasure, as well food for you to make yourself well there. He was glad that she had opted out of the pure vampire menu.

“It seems to be that way when it comes to you and your sexiness,” she answers as she relaxes back on the bed.

“I’m sorry that I’m so sexy that you want to feel every part of it.” She then laughs, but a huge smile forms on her face.

“I’m sorry if the fact of having a fluffy wolf to cuddle at night is so heart-warming and fun. I just love your fur.” She then runs his hands down his back, tangling her fingers in the long white bits of fur as she rubs his one ear a little. “See anything that you like?” He then snaps out of his own dream, and focuses on the menu.

“Oh yes, but that’ll be a surprise for you.” She could only smile as usually surprises meant to be more cuddling, and that meant to more playing with the fur and each other. With being a clear sky and the moon fully visible, it could only mean a fun nigh for them both as it seemed Brad was more into it when the moon was fully visible. It brought out the wolf in him, as she would say.

“I love your surprises.” He then glances back at her with a smile.

“And you will love this one.” While desert had been a nice idea, that surprise could wait as she had other ideas, finding herself captivated by him once again.

“Good. Now get your sexy ass over here and join me.” A grin forms on his face as he knows what she wants.

“Why’s that?” She then pouts a little as she rolls on her stomach.

“Because this bed feels lonely and empty without you by my side.” Brad chuckles a little as he glances back at her, rubbing her back with a paw.

“Oh you poor sweet thing. Do you need to me to take care of you?” She then looks over with a grin of her own, both knowing naughty business was set to take place.

“Oh yes please, Brad.” He then climbs in beside her, cuddling up close to her. “I love you, Bradley Keselowski.” She then climbs on top of him.

“And I love you too, Juliette Daniels.” He then runs his fingers over her breasts.

“God baby…”

“Needing something tonight?” The desperation, lust and want was written in her eyes. There was no doubt that a clear sky and a cuddly wolf of her own had her turned right on.

“More than I think you know.” He then leans down and kisses her lips lightly.

“Well, I think I am fine with offering it all.” He then rubs his paws along her butt as she lets out a small giggle, feeling the fur tickle against the crack.

“Brad!!” He then laughs as he runs his paws back across her stomach, lightly, causing her to giggle more. “Do you realize….what you’re….doing…”

“Yes, and I’m loving every minute of this.” She then stops giggling as she stares right into his eyes.

“Well stop because there’s something that I want…” She then grabs his tail, giving it a small pull as he instantly stops playing around. “Good doggy.” She then rolls back on to her stomach as he slides himself in while firmly wrapping his paws on her shoulders. He begins humping as a moan escapes her lips. “Good…puppy….”

“Feel good?” Her breathing intensifies as she feels every bit of her being taken over by the moment.

“God yes.”

“Good….”

 

Chapter 27: Post Paradise

“Did we really have to come home?” Brad questions as they walk inside the house.

“All good things eventually come to an end,” Juliette answers as she follows him inside. “Besides, you get to turn left and right this weekend. It should be fun watching you get back behind the wheel.” He then glances back at her with a smile.

“It’s even more fun spending time with you and kissing every inch of your skin.” He then pulls her closer and kisses her lips. “While I love everyone here and love what I do, I wanted a couple more days in paradise to savor every inch of you.”

“We can still do that here. That doesn’t end just because we’re home. We just have to work around our schedule.” He then grins, knowing that was very well possible. He then wraps his arms around her stomach.

“So, when do we find out if you’re pregnant?” She then chuckles as she looks at him surprised.

“And I thought you weren’t sure on this pregnancy thing, Mr. Keselowski.” He then unwraps his arms as he backs away from her.

“I see how it is. I’ll just continue to go about my business as if I didn’t ask.” He then takes the bags and takes them to their room as she laughs.

“Well, you were on the fence about it….” She then heads to the kitchen, grabbing a snack as he joins her shortly after.

“Then I realized that it might be a good thing, especially if it turns out like a miniature you.” She then turns around with a smile.

“And what if it turns out to be a little boy, just like his daddy?” Brad smiles as he grabs himself a drink out of the fridge.

“Then we’re both in trouble.” She then chuckles as she leans back against the counter. “You still didn’t answer my question.”

“What if I told you that I know I was pregnant and I’ve known for about five days?” He then spins around, surprised as he spits his drink across the room. She then laughs as he continues to stare at her surprised.

“So you did one of those at-home pregnancy tests?” She shakes her head no.

“Remember – I’m not a human, Brad.” He then looks at her confused as she rubs her stomach. “I could tell right away that I was pregnant – the day after we did it for the first time. A vampire can tell when she’s pregnant right away, as Edwards’ sister described, because she feels her personal blood level go down in knowing that something inside of her is sucking it up as well.” He then looks at her still slightly confused, but also a touch angry.

“So why didn’t you bother to say anything?” She shrugs her shoulders as she finishes her snack.

“Because I figured I’d save the surprise for when we got home, and let you truly enjoy our week away.” She then grabs a drink out of the fridge as she leaves the kitchen.

“What are you drinking?” She then stops and glances back at him.

“Oh, so you’re going to be one of those overprotective daddies now?” Brad shakes his head no as he close the gap between them.

“I’m just curious – I trust you.” She holds up the glass of red liquid as he shivers a little, realizing. “That’s….blood.”

“While I have converted to the human diet and enjoy my diet very much, the baby needs her source of blood while inside me. If I don’t drink any, it’ll suck me dry. So therefore I need to have a glass a day to keep the baby happy.” He shakes his head in approval as he grabs his drink off of the counter and follows her to the living room. The pair then sit on the couch as she grabs the clicker, and aimlessly flicks through the channels.

“So when do we find out how long you’re pregnant for?” She didn’t know the honest answer as she glanced over at him. This could last two months, or nine months. It just depended based on the combination of their genes.

“Vampires typically go get checked out after they’ve been pregnant for a couple of weeks. I guess we can ask then.” Brad knew that no matter what, he had to make sure his schedule was free for that day so he could be with her.

“And when do we find out if it’s a girl or a boy?” That was also questionable, depending on the state of the child.

“Well, you werewolves typically don’t find out till your birth. We can find out after the first four months. I guess that’ll just depend on things, as well.” Brad lets out a sigh, realizing his questions weren’t getting many answers – as expected.

“Well, I can tell you that I’m happy for you and glad that you still look as good as ever. Besides, I can’t wait to meet the kid – whenever that may be.” She smiles as she looks over and gives him a kiss.

 

Chapter 28: Sonoma

“Why aren’t you coming out to California with me?” Brad questions as Juliette glances over at him.

“I am coming – I just will be a day late, okay?” She offers as he walks over to her. “I want to share the good news with Yolanda and Danny, as well as let Edward know. Now, I know that it’s not custom to tell everybody when it happens – but given the unique circumstances and possible complications, I feel that it would be a good idea.” Brad lets out a sigh as he goes back to packing his bags. Oh the unique factors in their relationship.

“I know there’s chances of complications and I know that our scenario is unique, but shouldn’t we wait awhile? Shouldn’t we wait at least till we’re a month into this?” She rolls his eyes, having expected that response. He was still stuck on the human ways of going about a pregnancy.

“They know that we went away and they know that our goal was to have a baby together, based on the steps that we told them about. So therefore, more than likely, they already know that I’m pregnant and I’m just confirming the factors.” He then looks up from his bag, slightly confused.

“So why do you feel the need to go see them, then?”

“Because I might as well confirm it. Besides, what if one of those complications starts up and you call for help? You won’t have to give as many details, right? They could also watch for things, too.” He shook his head as he zipped up his bag and headed for the door.

“Fine. Do what you want. I guess there’s no way that I’m going to convince you otherwise, right? I’ll just let you tell everyone instead of enjoying this for a bit in private. I’ll also be stuck with keeping it a secret while you get to discuss it.” She then follows him out the bedsroom door and down the stairs.

“I didn’t say that you had to keep it a secret. You could tell your family, if you want. Besides, they know the details anyway. Oh, and you could tell Joey and Paul perhaps since they know the truth. I guess Dale as well. You do have people to talk to.” Brad then glances back with a laugh as he knew that the option was possible, but wasn’t set to entertain it.

“Anytime I bring up stuff like that to either Joey or Dale, I’m stuck playing 21 questions since they understand nothing. I don’t feel like doing that, either.” Juliette rolls her eyes as they reach the front door.

“Listen, I’m only doing this for my safety, okay? I’m just doing this to watch out for everything. I thought that you’d be welcome to taking every precaution necessary, given the circumstances. But, if you’re so bent against it, then I guess I will forego going.” He shakes his head no as he knew that wouldn’t be fair. Besides, the more he thought about it, the better her idea sounded.

“Go and tell them. You’re right in your reasons. When will you get to California?” She smiled as she wrapped her arms around him.

“Friday night or Saturday morning.” He then kisses her lips.

“I’ll see you then.” He then heads to the car to the head to the airport as she walks the other direction, picking herself up to lightning speed once out of eyesight.

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“Congratulations on your pregnancy,” Edward states once Juliette is done telling the tale of her weekend away with Brad. She detailed the island, some of the highlights and finished off with the big news of the vacation. The news was something that only brought a smile to Edward’s face, though, as Yolanda and Danny were still on the fence about her becoming pregnant.

“Thank you, and thank you for the advice,” Juliette replies. “It was nice to have a friend who was willing to offer such good advice and help find out information.” Edward smiles as he knew that it’d been difficult, but the smile on Juliette’s face told him that it was worth it.

“I’m glad that it paid off. It was a pleasure as I know what it’s like to be in your situation. Oh, and I hope things work out for you in the long run and you have a healthy baby, or two.” She then chuckles as she remembered the conversation with Brad the other night.

“We were joking about that, actually. Since vampires typically have one or two at a time, but werewolves can have like nine at a time. I couldn’t imagine taking care of nine babies.” Edward then puts an arm around Yolanda and an arm around Danny with a smile.

“That’s why you have these two great people to help you, as well as Brad’s siblings – should that be the case. No matter what, things will work out – as we discussed.” Edward then glanced between the pair, seeing no reaction as he let out a sigh. “They’ll warm up to the idea. Nobody can resist a sweet little baby. They’re just concerned for their sweet young vampire.” Juliette smiles.

“I’m used to it so their attitude doesn’t phase me. Besides, they both said that as long as I was happy and healthy then that they’d be fine. I’m happy, I’m healthy – I fit the requirements.”

“Have you had any lows?” Danny questions, referring a vampire’s thirst for blood while pregnant.

“I’ve been having one blood shake each day to prevent that from happening,” Juliette answers as she thinks it over. They weren’t the best flavor to have, but they were alright once she added some other flavors to it. “I’m taking care of myself.”

“And no signs of complications?” Juliette shakes her head no as so far, she had been feeling just as wonderful as usual, just a little special feeling in the stomach area.

“Trust me – things are going perfectly so far.”

“Then why aren’t you hanging with the boyfriend at the track?” She smiles as she glances over at her brother.

“I wanted to confirm to you three that I was indeed pregnant, incase something did come up. I figured some warning would be better than a random panic call.” She then walks over to her brother. “So, are you warming up to the idea?” He then glances over and rolls his eyes.

“I said as long as you were happy, I was happy for you – even if I totally didn’t agree. It’s just taking a bit of time. Remember – you haven’t been with him for a super long time. That takes getting used to.” She lets out a sigh as she walks away.

“You forget that we were together before and you….just, you wouldn’t understand how I feel when I’m with him. It’s just an unbelievable feeling that I can’t describe. He’s amazing, Danny.” Danny couldn’t help but smile as his sister described her boyfriend.

“I’m glad to hear that. I just hope that it doesn’t change moving forward.” She then quickly glances back at him.

“It won’t change, Danny. I know that I’ve got the right man in my life. He’s nothing like Jason, and he won’t become another Jason in my life.”

 

Chapter 29: Kentucky

“And the checkered flag flies as Brad Keselowski wins the Kentucky 300!!” The announcer yells across the PA as Juliette immediately stands up and lets out a loud cheer.

“Yes! Yes! Yes!” She lets out with a smile as Greg looks over at her with a laugh.

“Excited much?” He questions as she wraps her arms around him.

“It’s nice to get a win and return back to victory lane. Congratulations crew chief!” He then smiles in return as they climb down off of the pit box together.

“Thank you, ma’am. And by the way, I vote for a double-win weekend. I hope that he and Paul can pull it off tomorrow night.” She smiles widely, hoping that was the case. Brad had a good car earlier in practice that day and was one of a few that had figured out the new aero package.

“I hope you’re right as that’d be the best thing ever!”

They then headed to victory lane, walking over to the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford as Brad parked it in victory lane. After he climbed up and threw his arms in the air, he hopped off and immediately pulled Juliette close to him, giving her a kiss.

“Congratulations,” she tells him as she kisses his lips.

“I think our little one is already bringing us luck,” he whispers in her ear as he rubs her stomach. She just grins as she places a hand on her stomach, as well.

“If that’s what it takes, then I don’t mind carrying around a trouble maker.” She then backs away, letting him handle his victory lane interviews and such with ease.

She then stood up on stage with him and went through the hat dance with the team, and then stood at the side of the stage as he did his solo shots. Once they were done, he motioned for her to come back over for a couple shots of just them together.

“I think you just won the neatest trophy in motorsports,” she comments as she looks over the jukebox. “That’s gonna look great at the house.”

“Guess I’ll have to win tomorrow night to get a second one, huh?” He offers as she simply smiles.

“I believe in you. I believe in Paul. We also have our lucky charm.” He then kisses her lips as his eyes glance to her stomach, before returning back to her eyes. He still couldn’t get over the fact that she was pregnant with his baby. It was just a matter of time before they’d be parents of their own child. The amount of time, though, was just another question. He hoped they had the answer soon as to how long her pregnancy would last.

“Promise me when the baby is born that you will bring him or her to victory lane.” She smiles, knowing that was going to happen already. Once they had their child together, she wanted him or her to be there for everything.

“That’s a promise. Just promise me that you’ll win to make that happen.”

“I’ll do my best.” He then gives her another kiss before taking a couple more photos for good measure.

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Juliette sat hopeful on the pit box as she watched Brad lead lap after lap after lap. Would their prediction from last night come true? It didn’t seem as though anybody could catch him!

Then it happened. The whole race winning strategy fell apart as she watched a pair of issues on pit road for front tire changer Hunter Masling set them back in the running – an uncontrolled tire and an air gun malfunction.

Rather than celebrating in victory lane that night, Brad finished the race in sixth.

“We probably had the best car in the field, though it’s easy to play the Saturday evening quarterback, but it just didn’t come together for us,” Brad told NBC Sports Network after the race as Juliette stood back watching. “There are certainly some things I could have done better and we didn’t have the best day on pit road. It’s something to build off of.”

After Brad was done the interview, she immediately walked over and wrapped her arms around him, holding him close.

“You had the car – it just didn’t come together,” she tells him. “You proved that you can win and you’ll win in the Chase when it counts for the championship. I’m as proud of you tonight as I was last night. I love you.” She then gives him a kiss before laying her head back on his shoulder.

“That’s racing; shit happens,” he offers as he rubs her back. “We’ll get them next week at New Hampshire.” He then glances into her eyes. “Are you okay?” She shakes her head yes.

“Just a long day and night…” He shakes his head, understanding. She had been up early that morning and pretty busy during the day in joining him at appearances. With being pregnant, he knew that her energy levels were out of whack and took a bet that the day had taken a lot out of her. He just hoped that it didn’t present any issues down the road, and she remembered to take care of herself.

“I understand. You have to remember – you’re taking care of another lif-”

“Brad, I get it. You don’t need to baby me.” He then takes a deep breath, having expected that reaction. She didn’t like to be told what to do.

“I’m not trying to baby you. I’m just merely suggesting that you should be careful these next couple of months in making sure to take care of yourself. You don’t have to always be there for me if it means taking care of yourself and baby.” She lets out a sigh as she knew that he was right. However, that’d be hard to get used to as she had always been the type to be right involved in everything. It came from being at the track her whole life and her job as PR rep previously.

“Don’t worry – I’m doing what I need to do.”

They then head off pit road together, holding hands. The entire time, Brad wasn’t thinking about the race, but rather Juliette and his unborn baby. He just hoped that everything went smoothly from here on out.

 

Chapter 30: Baby Check-Up

“So how does this ‘check on baby’ work for you?” Brad wonders as he sits in the room with Juliette.

Before heading to Eldora on Wednesday, it was time to check on baby Keselowski and see when they’d meet their baby puppy.

“It works just like a human,” she answers with a glance towards the doctor. “You’ll have to excuse my werewolf confused boyfriend.” The doctor chuckles as she gets everything set up.

“Don’t worry – we’re all learning together,” she offers as she smears a cold liquid across Juliette’s stomach, causing her to giggle. “So, let’s have a look at your baby.” The doctor then turns on the ultrasound machine, bringing the probe across her stomach as an image shows up on the screen. “Have you been drinking your daily fluids?”

“A glass of blood a day makes for a healthy little vampire.” The doctor smiles as she focuses on the image on the screen.

“Well, the baby looks healthy by all accounts that I can see. There’s the head….a pair of arms…legs…” Juliette feels a couple tears come to her eyes as she looks at the screen. She was excited about being a mother, but seeing her baby in real life, it brought forth a huge emotional reality check. It was really happening. There was a baby inside of her. She was going to be a mother.

“So small,” Brad comments as he looks at the images. “Wow….” Juliette looks over at Brad with surprised eyes. She could only think about how against he was about the idea originally, and how she slowly convinced him to be onboard with her.

“Can you believe it?” She questions. “We’re going to be parents.” Brad shakes his head in disbelief as he finds himself stuck on the images.

“That’s….I can’t believe it.” She then pats his leg with a smile.

“Just tell me that I was right about this idea.” He knew he couldn’t lie as he was excited about the baby.

“Of course, babes.” Juliette then turns her eyes back to the screen, obviously knowing the questions that were to be answered. They knew the baby was healthy now, so it was just a question as to when the baby would come and whether it was a boy or a girl.

“Do you know when I’m due?” The doctor looks over the size of the child and glances around at other areas in the stomach, searching for the answer.

“You’re a unique case with the fact that he’s a werewolf and you’re a vampire,” the doctor starts, which was already known by both. “So it’s more difficult than a normal vampire pregnancy.” She then glances around again before looking at the chart and back at the pair. “With that said, everything looks like it’s progressing normal for a full-term pregnancy – whether size of baby and other factors, like your own body parts. I’d say that you’re going to go full-term, so that’d be eight months. With the fact that you got pregnant at the end of June, that’d mean that you’d have your baby near the middle or end of February.” The pair of them smile with a glance towards each other.

“Daytona,” they both say at the same time.

“If I miss Speedweeks because of this baby, immediate grounding is happening,” Juliette proclaims as Brad laughs and shakes his head in agreement.

“You better make sure that the baby shows up a little early, okay?” He offers as she smiles and shakes her head.

“The baby is going to show up when the baby wants to, as you both should know,” the doctor offers. “I can’t tell you the sex of the baby yet, and I’d advise if telling your friends, you can go about normal policy, despite your circumstances. I also want to see you next month.” Juliette shook her head, understanding. It just meant that she’d be left in the dark, as she suspected, with regards to the rest of the information. It also meant that there’d be no telling everyone at the track for another month or two when she started to show.

“We can handle that,” Juliette assures the doctor. “Thank you very much for your patience today.”

“I have a question,” Brad interrupts, catching everyone’s attention. “She was feeling a little tire-” Juliette immediately rolls her eyes.

“Brad, I told you that it wasn’t a big deal.” Brad stares right at her, not having any part of her bickering.

“I’m still bringing it up.” He then looks back over at the doctor. “She was a little more tired than normal after a race a couple weeks ago. We argued back and forth how it was nothing to worry about, but I’m concerned. I was just wondering about your thoughts, ma’am.” The doctor shakes her head, understanding. It was normal for first time parents to be concerned.

“The body is adjusting to what it takes to take care of a baby, while taking care of itself,” the doctor starts. “With that said, things may be a little off-balance till it fully adjusts. Therefore, that’d explain the fatigue that you’re speaking of.” The doctor then looks back at Juliette. “With that said you should keep in mind this behavior and make sure that you’re taking care of yourself. If you’re feeling tired quicker than normal, take a nap as remember – there’s someone inside of you. Beyond that, if it keeps getting more and more, we may have to look at a vitamin intake plan to go with the blood to help you.”

“See? Nothing to worry about,” Juliette states satisfied as she climbs down off of the bed.

“The doctor did add that you should watch and be careful – as I said,” Brad argues back as Juliette rolls her eyes.

“I thought you weren’t going to be overbearing with my pregnancy?” Brad then crosses his arms, surprised by their discussion.

“I’m just concerned, that’s all. Can’t I care about you and show some concern?” He then pulls her close, rubbing her back. “I love you. I’d do anything for you. That includes being a nitpicking ass about small things that you may not seem to think are big. Bare with me and let me do this for you. I just don’t want anything to happen to our baby.” She then looks up with a small smile, kissing his lips.

“I love you too, but don’t become unbearable, please.”

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Chapter 11: Easter Plans

Following an interesting day of meetings at Team Penske discussing how their weekend had gone at Martinsville – it was a great discussion with a runner-up finish, Brad had returned home, set to relax for the rest of the night.

As he was getting comfy on the couch, set to watch a couple of TV shows before Juliette returned from her day out doing some shopping, he heard his phone ring. He glanced at the caller ID, smiling as he answered the call.

“Hey Dawn!” He answers his sister’s phone call.

“Hey Brad,” she replies. “Nice job at Martinsville. I thought you were going to get by him.” Brad smiles as he certainly came close to getting by Denny.

“It was close. I could’ve wrecked, but that wouldn’t been nice.”

“Race everyone like you want to be raced.” Brad shakes her head at the comment, remembering that was a rule that his dad had instilled early.

“That’s right. So why the phone call?” Each time she phoned, she had a reason. It was just finding that reason.

“Are you coming for Easter dinner?” Each Easter Sunday, the entire Keselowski family got together for dinner at their parents. There was no getting out of that, no matter the reason. His mother didn’t accept excuses.

“I wouldn’t miss it, right?”

“Is Juliette coming?” Brad knew Dawn’s reason for asking. Dawn wasn’t fond of her and obviously that was something that bugged her. It would make his sister happy, and probably his dad too, if Juliette didn’t show.

“Yes, she is. I’m going to see her family on Good Friday and then she’s joining me on Monday. I already told mom and dad.” Brad rolled his eyes as he remembered that discussion. It was met with immediate displeasure by his father and a good long debate. On the flip side, his mom was happy and looked forward to getting to know Juliette more.

“Oh.” He bit his tongue as there were a lot of things that he could say, but he would rather save those for when he saw her in person. It was time that she stopped this whole Juliette game with him.

“Anything else, Dawn?” He hears her take a deep breath, knowing what’s coming.

“Brad, are you sure that you’re doing the right thing dating her?” Brad lets out a sigh, having had this debate too many times before.

“I’m not having this discussion over the phone, Dawn.”

“She doesn’t belong at the family din-”

“Mom has always told us that our significant others can join us as they will be part of the family anyway. Mom told me its fine so she’s coming and there’s nothing more that you can say. If you want to have this discussion, then come see me on Monday.”

“I’d rather not do it during the family dinner, Brad. I’d rather get this out of the way now.” Brad shakes his head in disbelief.

“The only way that we’re getting this out of the way is you accepting my decision and moving forward.”

While the pair continued to discuss, Juliette entered the house, undetected, not wanting to disturb his phone call. She heard the conversation and just rolled her eyes. She made her way up the stairs, putting the bags of new clothes away.

She then sat at the top of the stairs, waiting for him to finish the phone call.

“Oh Brad, Brad, where is my Brad?” She questions out loud once she hears him say goodbye. He immediately jumps up off of the couch and walks out to the bottom of the stairs.

“Juliette…” He lets out. “I didn’t even realize that you were home?” She then thought things over as she kept her eyes locked on his.

“I hate to come between you and your family, but I love you so much and…” Brad then goes up the stairs a little.

“I love you too, and it’s fine. My dad and Dawn will grow to understand with time. Don’t let this bug you and affect you, Juliette. Its’ not your fault and it’s nothing for you to worry about. I’ll handle it.” She then lets out a sigh, thinking of her own perspective.

“Why the big deal? You’re a werewolf – I’m a vampire. Why the big fuss? We’ve gotten over it and deal with it, and shown that we can be together. Why do they continue to worry? Is it because of old legends and stories? Is it because of old feuds and instances? Why is it that the world can’t let that go and simply love?” Brad takes a deep breath, sitting beside her on the stairs.

“Because, they don’t understand things like we do. They don’t understand how much we love each other and how we’re able to deal with it. They don’t’ understand things have changed from what the old legends and tales say. It’s all about changing one perspective at a time, as Edward said he has done with Bella. Friendship changes some, love changes others. Over time, it’ll begin to spread and this will be a foreign thought. But, change takes time and people don’t like change. That’s why it’s hard for them to adjust.” She then lies her head on his shoulder.

“Do you think they’ll ever really like me?” Brad wraps an arm around her.

“My brother likes you and he originally didn’t. That proves that it’s possible, right?” She shakes her head yes with a sigh.

She wished that it came without the arguments and debates in between, though.

 

Chapter 12: Easter Discussion

“I can tell something is on your mind…” Edward lets out as he looks up at Juliette from the porch. She then glances over, letting no expression show on her face.

“If you gave me the answers that I wanted Edward, there would be nothing to think about,” she tells him as he lets out a sigh.

“I told you those answers will come with due time. I’m being careful with this, as I should with the risks involved. We need to find as much as we can and go from there.” She glances away from him, thinking about what Brad said. At least speaking of a possible pregnancy was better than thinking about the dinner tomorrow.

“We also have to think about what I’ll tell the world. I’m only going to be pregnant for a month – so how do you explain a kid to the world?” Edward shakes his head as he had no experience with that, however saw the importance especially if they wanted to keep their lives going as normal as possible.

“You have to get the child used to hiding their wolf side so that could take up the eight month period.” She then rolls her eyes, she hadn’t even thought about that side of it. For her, being a vampire was something that easily hid. However, hearing Edward say that, she knew that she would probably be stuck teaching – or more so, Brad – about how to keep that side hidden.

“Why can’t there be a ‘werewolf-vampire babies for dummy’ book?” Edward chuckles.

“Because you’re writing that book, dear.” She then rolls her eyes as he flashes over to her, sitting on the tree branch beside her. “Now, there’s more on your mind besides the pregnancy. There’s a reason you came up here.”

“I came up here to see my family, obviously. Isn’t that what everybody does at Easter?” Edward wasn’t sure about how Easter worked as it wasn’t a tradition normally celebrated by vampires. However, he heard about such details from Bella and had joined her for dinners with her family.

“You have other reasons, Juliette. You should talk about them.” She then lets out a sigh, wishing that she wasn’t so easily readable.

“How do you make someone like you that doesn’t like you?” Edward then looks at her, slightly confused.

“Who?” She then looks over, debating whether to address the subject with Edward. He was just a friend – someone who she had only gotten over the past months due to interest in her own life. Was this information valid for him to know?

“Brad’s dad and his sister Dawn.” Edward lets out a sigh, knowing where this was going.

“Are they still stuck on old beliefs?” Juliette knew that was the reason for Bob. However, for Dawn, that wasn’t quite the case.

“His dad – yes. His sister, though, is overprotective and doesn’t think that I am the right fit for her precious brother.” Edward chuckles, remembering his own experience with such types of comments.

“They’ll come around, just as my family and Bella’s family did with us. It took some time, including some interesting discussions with her father, but we managed to all work it out. It takes time to adjust and get used to. You have to allow that to happen, Juliette. You can’t force it.” Juliette lets out a sigh, wishing that it was easier than that. She wished that she could walk into the dinner, do or say something for them to like her and move forward.

“I just wish it’d just happen.” Edward gives her a pat on the shoulder.

“It will happen when the time is right. Keep spending time with them when they allow, keep opening up more about why you love Brad, why you’re good together and why it should work. For his dad, explain that those old beliefs are based on legends and myths that have been disproved. For Dawn, find out why she doesn’t believe you’re worthy and find a way to prove her otherwise.” She shook her head, understanding. Perhaps if she gave them more of a chance just like she did with her open-hearted discussion with his brother, perhaps it’d result in a better relationship all around.

“I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks.”

“No problem. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a child that wants her dad.” He then flashes off into the forest without a trace as she turns her eyes back towards her house.

Dealing with Brad’s family was like dealing with her own. While his family didn’t agree with her at all, her family didn’t agree with all of her decisions, especially the pregnancy. However, as she had learned, if something is meant to be and worth it, you have to fight for it.

On all fronts, she wasn’t ready to throw the white flag up – ever.

 

Chapter 13: Vampire Education

“Please tell me that you have good news….” Juliette says as she goes into the backyard.

She had come home from spending the afternoon at Team Penske, and could sense immediately that Edward was on the property. For that reason, she hit up the backyard immediately, smiling when she saw him sitting on a tree branch.

“Let me guess – Easter with the Keselowski’s failed?” He questions as he flashes over to her, standing beside her on the back porch.

“Let’s just say that I am nowhere near being in the good books of Dawn or his dad,” Juliette comments as Edward lets out a sigh.

“Did you follow the advice?” Juliette rolls her eyes, remembering that discussion with Edward.

“I did…but enough about that. You’re here for a reason. Speak!” He then laughs as he sits on the porch railing, eyes focused on Juliette.

“I spoke to my mother about vampire pregnancies, and I have some information for you. She gave me some pointers that you should recognize.” Juliette looks up at Edward, hopefulness spread across her face.

“Please tell me good news…” Edward chuckles at the thought.

“Well, she told me that you wouldn’t have to worry about said baby inside of you having issues with its werewolf counterpart and self-destructing either you or itself.” Juliette smiled at the thought. It seemed the worries were disappearing one after another. That just meant they only had to worry about the werewolf side, but only a little based on Jacob’s reasoning.

“That’s a good thing…”

“Now, when becoming pregnant, you have to balance all your energy levels. Everything has to be kept even keen to keep things right.” Juliette shook her head, understanding. That seemed to be a pointless deal. “You should have a good health regime with healthy diet and exercise, along with vitamins. That way your body is prepared to handle having a being inside of you.”

“This seems like general know-how, Edward. Get to the juicy information.” Edward chuckles at her anticipation. He could tell the excitement was growing.

“Three months before you get pregnant, you should have everything in order and on a schedule. That way your body is prepared and ready. Do not get pregnant without that.” Juliette rolls her eyes. That meant that she would have to wait till July to get pregnant, at least.

“Okay, so I’ll start that now so I can get pregnant when I convince everybody that it’s fine in July. That sound good?” Edward smiles and shakes his head yes.

“You may do that if you feel inclined, but I haven’t said that it’s a good move yet. Besides, you don’t have the father’s permission, either.” Juliette shakes her head, knowing that there would be some careful conversations with Brad to come.

“Give me something good.”

“You don’t eat blood so forget the fourth point. Pointer #5 – try to keep yourself as healthy as possible, and your surroundings. Avoid anything that could cause a probl-”

“I know how to handle things. Move along…” Edward rolls his eyes.

“You told me to get you the information. #6 – regular check-ups must be done and make sure that you have enough of the Rhesus factor in your blood.” Juliette rolls her eyes, knowing that. “Your cycle of birth will last approximately nine months, the same as a human.”

“So since the baby is half werewolf, you’re saying that I could have a puppy in the range of two months to nine months?” Edward shakes his head yes.

“That’s an unknown. A big unknown. Something that you’ll have to consider.” She shakes her head, understanding. It was a big unknown because it would result in what could be said in front of the world, since everybody would have eyes on her and Brad. “# 7 – feed a little extra before you give birth, since you’re going to need the energy. #8 – make sure that your surroundings are as cal, and stable as possible, so that way you can focus on the baby.”

“So in other words, avoid Brad’s sister?” Edward chuckles and shakes his head yes.

“That’s a start – but also don’t get yourself too excited when he’s at the track.” She then looks on in surprise.

“I do not get overexci-”

“Who starts jumping and cheering and all that?” She then lets out a sigh as she glances around.

“I can’t help it. Racing makes me excited and I worry a little more because I love him.” Edward glances at her with concerning eyes.

“As I said, calm and stable environment so watch your behavior during your pregnancy. Also, you should breastfeed as that’s a big thing in making for a healthy baby. It will also help keep the baby from wanting blood as nourishment, since I know you’ll want to stick to your normal source of food.” Juliette shakes her head in agreement, not wanting to have to feed her baby pure blood. The idea felt gross to her, as always in her life.

“That goes along with a werewolf baby, as you’re supposed to breast feed them for their first week.” Edward shakes his head, remembering that.

“So two to nine months pregnant, with a week to two months of breast feeding. Also, as the werewolf status goes, keep baby hidden for a month to let the child come into their own human element.” Juliette knew that would make things interestingly, epically if people noticed she was pregnant. She knew her and Brad had a lot to discuss.

“I got this. Anything else?”

“You know there’s more…” Edward takes a deep breath as Juliette focuses her eyes on him. “We talked about the dangers. On the werewolf side, it seems that they’re calm and won’t do any harm from the inside. However, on the vampire side, there is a risk. When Bella became pregnant, because she wasn’t a vampire, her energy went down quickly and she risked losing her life and more. If I didn’t bite her when I did and stepped in, I could’ve lost her. I spoke to my mom, along with some others, in combining a werewolf in a vampire body. They told me that placing a werewolf in your body could bring the same type of scenario – about a 33% chance. Now, with that said, if it does happen, there is no guarantee that we can help you be fine.”

“So in other words, we’re back at square one despite all this information.” Edward slowly shakes his head yes.

“It’s a risk whatever you do. it’s up to you and Brad to decide whether you’re willing to take that risk. If you accept the risk, you know that you need the three mon-”

“Three months of regularly food eating, two to nine months of pregnancy and a week of breastfeeding while not showing the child till the end of the first month of their life. I got it, Edward.” While she understood the bounds, she knew that there was still a lot to think about.

She was determined to have the child and was set to begin the regular food eating process immediately. She knew that she could handle whatever length of pregnancy, the breastfeeding and keeping the child hidden. She would just have to carry her actions carefully around non-vampire and non-werewolves in their lives, friends and outsiders alike.

It was just convincing herself that the reward outweighed the risk, and convincing those around her of the same.

 

Chapter 14: Locked in Thoughts

With last night’s race in the books, the pair had decided to make a relaxation day out of their Sunday. As a result, the pair found themselves with their feet kicked up on the couches and tuned in for a movie marathon – with the IndyCar race slammed in the middle.

Though rather than focusing on the movie, Brad let his eyes drift over to Juliette and watched her closely. He could tell that she was lost in her thoughts, thinking about something. He knew that Edward had come over last week after she got back from their Easter trip with some news. She hadn’t shared that news, leaving it at the fact that there was nothing warranted that he needed to hear. But yet, hear she sat lost in her thoughts.

“What’s on your mind?” He questions as she snaps out of her thoughts, glancing over his way.

“What’d you say?” She asks as he pauses the movie, focusing his eyes on her.

“I asked what was on your mind. It’s obvious that you’re not paying attention to the movie.” She then lets out a sigh. It was obvious what was on her mind without the question even being asked.

“I’m just thinking about babies.” Ever since Edward told her the details, it was something that was on her mind. She wanted to share things with Brad, but nothing Edward had told her stood out. There was no certainty that the danger was erased, as all they knew now was a timeline. She had already started the three months of regularly food eating, so that way as soon as the mind was made up, she could get pregnant in June. She figured three months was enough time to make everything work. From that point, it’d be two to nine months pregnant, a week of breastfeeding and a month of keeping the child hidden. That seemed easy, right?

“So what did Edward tell you to make you go through this thought process?” She knew that she couldn’t withhold the information any longer. Brad was bound to get curious of her cut-clean eating habits, and he would just continually bug for the information anyway.

“There’s nothing that really stood out, okay? We can’t totally erase the possible dangers, but he says that there’s a really good chance that things could work out in our fav-”

“But?” Brad heard the words ‘really good chance’, meaning there could be an issue, or two.

“We don’t know for certainty so it’s still a risk. Though while that risk was 50/50, it’s not down to a 20-25% chance risk. That’s better, right?” He shakes his head yes, but still not totally comfortable. He knew he’d only be comfortable is there was no risk at all. However, dwelling on that wouldn’t get them anywhere so he decided to proceed.

“What else did he say?” She debated what to say first, figuring out the easiest possible route. She could tell that he wasn’t too pleased on the previous statement. She would defiantly need the full three month window.

“Once I am pregnant, it could last two to nine months. It just depends on how much of you and how much of me combines together.” He shakes his head, understanding. A full nine month pregnancy would be easy to explain to the world, versus the two month pregnancy.

“Can I vote longer rather than shorter?” She rolls her eyes. She wasn’t sure whether that was a good idea, as she didn’t know what to expect with the pregnancy.

“Once the baby is born, it requires a week of breastfeeding and a month of hiding.” The month of hiding brought forth the most trickiest piece to the puzzle. How do you explain a child randomly showing up? He knew that, along with pregnancy length, would present the biggest challenges, beyond the risk of life or death.

“Okay. That’ll take some explaining with friends, but okay.” She then glances over with a slight smile.

“We can handle it, Brad. We handled everything so far so why can’t we handle that? Oh, and I have to have three months of good healthy eating habits before I can get pregnant.” Brad freezes, remembering the healthy snacks that had surfaced in the kitchen, versus her normal chocolate and chips.

“So that’s why you went shopping?” She shakes her head yes as she comes over to the couch that he is lying on and cuddles up with him. “Juliette, we haven’t even deci-”

“Brad, I know. I’m not pushing you to decide right this second, nor am I deciding right this second. However, if I go forward with the eating habits, that means if we decide between now and June, I can get pregnant in June, versus having to wait from when we decide. Just because I’m starting this eating regime doesn’t mean that I have decided or am forcing you.” He looks over into her eyes and shakes his head, understanding. However, in the depths of those eyes, he could tell that she had already decided and that’s why she had started.

“Okay, that’s fair. So where do we go from here?” While he didn’t want to go talk about, he wanted to make her feel better – and at least entertaining the idea gave her some comfort.

“There’s nothing more that Edward can share to make it easier or harder. We have to decide. It’s up to us whether we have our own puppy, or whether we adopt, or whether we forgo children all together.” He then glance over at her with a smile.

“You called it a puppy.” She smiles a little.

“Because when it comes out, it’s going to look like a puppy if it takes after your side of the family, right? Hence the whole hide the child for a month.” He shakes his head, understanding. That was true.

“It still seems odd, Juliette.”

“To me, it’s a puppy. You’re my doggy, and I would be having your puppy.” He then looks at her surprised.

“Woah woah, I’m not a dog. I’m a werewolf.” She then rolls her eyes.

“That’s why comparing how people say the word toma-”

“Totally different. Dogs and werewolves are different.” She shakes her head no.

“They’re both part of the dog spiec-”

“Because of humans! Werewolves are more dominant creatures with characteristics that fit a mixture of a human and a lion. A dog, meanwhile, is a pet. Are you calling me your pet?” She then laughs a little as she pets him on the head.

“Awww, you’re my little pet that I get to take care of.” He then swats her hand away as she laughs harder.

“Next you’ll be giving me commands like sit and stay. Oh wait, you already do in the bedsroom.” She then pets his head again.

“But admit it – you love every minute of it, right?” He then smiles a little.

“Of course, but I’m not your pet.” He then wraps an arm around her, holding her close. “I’m your dear lover and protector, set to make sure all evil stays away from the sweet little vampire.” He then kisses her lips.

 

Chapter 15: Pregnancy Discussion

“So that’s everything that she had to tell me about a possible baby and what happens,” Brad finishes off explaining to Joey.

Since their conversation earlier in the week, Brad had been thinking all week about the pregnancy. He was debating whether it would be a good idea for them to go forth with, or not. He debated whether the risk was one that he wanted to chance. He debated in his mind how they would go through handling everything with their family and friends around them.

Unable to keep things in his own mind solely and not wanting to discuss with Juliette quite yet, he decided that he needed to console in someone.

It’d be perfect to discuss this with this family, but he wasn’t quite comfortable with that. His dad and Dawn hadn’t approved yet, Brian was just starting to relax about the idea and his mom would likely freak out about possibly becoming a grandma.

He thought about talking it over with Juliette’s brother Danny and Yolanda, since they’d understand the idea. However, he heard they were both in disagreement about the risk at hand. Then there was Edward, but that would seem awkward since Juliette was consoling in him for advice already.

That left Brad to speak to one of his ‘human’ friends, and those options quickly minimized. Joey and Dale were the only people that knew about the uniqueness of their situation, and he wasn’t about to go forth explaining things to a third person.

It was how he ended up in Joey’s office and explaining everything that he knew so far, figuring that it was the closest place to end up.

“So when the puppy is born, does it bark or talk?” Joey questions as Brad immediately rolls his eyes.

“Focus!” Brad yells, trying to get his teammate back on track. “I knew I should’ve gone to Dale.”

“Just answer my one question and then I’ll focus. You can’t blame me for being curious, can you?” Brad rolls his eyes, as that seemed to be the norm with telling people details.

“The puppy will keep a pure dog appearance and bark for the first month of its life – hence why you have to keep it hidden. When it comes a month old, it goes forth into werewolf state and goes into human form, taking the course of a normal baby. It will only transform under a pure full moon and when it gets to be about five or six, and then you can teach the child to not transform – like I know. You can then teach to transform at will and attack when they get to age 10.” Joey shakes his head, understanding, as he kicks back in his chair. It was still odd to think that his best friend was a werewolf at times.

“So what do you do for the first six years of its life? It’s a full moon once a month!” Brad sits back in the chair, thinking. That was obviously going to be a new challenge that he hadn’t considered yet.

“While when I was little, I stayed home with my mom while dad raced so I could transform with no issues. I guess we will have to check the moon schedule and make sure to be careful if a race falls on a night of a full moon, and make sure that we keep other friends away those nights.” He shrugs his shoulders, thinking that’d be a suitable solution. It really fit the matter of thought for the time being. He had other thoughts to combat first. “I don’t know, Joey. I haven’t even considered the child’s birth or how we’re gong to handle that first month. I’ve been more focused on the risks that are involved in Juliette being pregnant.”

“You could always find a way to stop the moonlight from hitting the kid – whether with clothes or a hat.” Brad’s eyes then dart over to Joey as Joey throws his arms up in defense. “I’m just suggesting!” Joey then takes a deep breath as he sits up in the chair. “I’m thinking about those risks and what you said so I can give you a good answer. I’m just wasting time till the answer comes to my mind.”

“If you don’t have a good answer, it’s fine. Welcome to my world! It’s why I keep thinking about it.” Joey then thinks things over. There were always tough decisions in life. He learned one thing about those tough decisions, remembering the advice from his crew chief Todd Gordon a long time ago.

“While at least you’re not avoiding the issue at hand – that’s a start. You’re thinking about it and considering it. Have you been discussing it with Juliette?” Brad shakes his head, remembering their discussions.

“I’ve been open to her, and told her how I felt. She still has said that I should keep thinking about it and consider the idea of her getting pregnant.” Joey then sits back in his seat, going through the discussion. There was a 25% chance of things going wrong. That was a considerable risk as he thought it over. He also realized everything that the pair had overcome already to just get to this point.

“Juliette and you have fought for everything that you have – whether fighting Jason, the critics of your relationship and are still arguing with your family. You’ve both overcome everything to get to where you are at this point, and know that you both can’t stand to be apart at all. A child of your own would be special, but is it worth the chance of losing what you have? I think if I was in your shoes, I would suggest to Brittany that perhaps that we should adopt if we want to raise a child of our own. That way you have the child, or children, that you dreamed of together – but without the risk.” Brad shakes his head, understanding. It seemed his teammate was on board with what he had thought originally when the idea of children came up for discussion. He just wondered if he could get Juliette to agree to the idea.

“I though about that, but can I get Juliette to agree? She told me that it’s always been a dream of hers to have her own child.” Joey shrugged his shoulders, knowing that Brad would have it tough convincing Juliette. It seemed that she was very stubborn at times.

“You know the other option, right? You’ve overcome every other obstacle that stood in your way so far. What’s stopping you this time?” Brad knew the answer without having to put much thought into it.

“The thought of losing her and what we have together.” Joey knew that was the answer.

“There was always a chance of that, Brad. There was a chance of that when you went forth with things against Jason. There was a chance of that when her family found out. There was a chance of that with the secret vampire society, or whatever Edward referred to. What pushed you forward there?” Brad glances across the table at Joey.

“I could fight those things. I can’t fight something that’ll perhaps destroy her from the inside.” Joey was frozen at the comment, but knew it was a possibility based on the risk. It also made sense as to why they were stuck at this point.

“Like I said, adoption is a good option here.” Brad knew by Joey’s comment that he didn’t want to picture the possibility of that happening with Juliette.

It was a picture that he wished he could make disappear from his mind, as well.

The Mysterious Puppies – Chapters 6 Thru 10

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Chapter 6: Post Las Vegas

“It was an up and down day,” Brad tells the media following the Kobalt 400. “We played the strategy there at the end hoping to catch a break – some kind of break and make steal a win. It just didn’t play out. I thought we were probably about a second or third place car at times. I don’t know if we ever had anything for the 4 but it was a good kind of never say die effort to recover from being a lap down in the middle parts of the race. That was the story today. Good job by the team to rally there and get what we were able to out of it.”

He then heads off, glad to be done for the day. A seventh place finish marked a solid run, but it wasn’t the true strength that he would’ve liked to have shown. However, following a pit road penalty, he was stuck playing catch up all day and only made it back to seventh.

“Nice job driving out there,” Paul comments as he gives his driver a high-five. “It wasn’t what we wanted, but it’s still good.” Brad shakes his head yes.

“I’m sorry I got us behind on that pit road penalty,” he shares as Paul gives him a pat on the shoulder.

“It happens. The main thing is that we fought back. We’ll go get them next weekend at Phoenix.” Brad then lets out a sigh as that seemed so far away – especially with the dinner on Tuesday.

“That’s if I survive this week.” Paul then looks at his driver a little concerned. “Family dinner this week with my parents, Brian and Dawn. Dawn sent the invite the other night. She said to bring my ‘special guest’.” Paul shakes his head, understanding. Having been one of two people that Brad told about being a werewolf and Juliette being a vampire – Joey was the other – it all made sense to him. He also was aware of what Brad’s family thought of Juliette.

“Maybe it will go better than you think. Maybe Dawn wants you to bring her because she’s had a change of heart.” Brad shrugs his shoulder, knowing that was a possibility. That was better than the other options on his mind.

“Then why not call me by my name, Paul?” A female voice chimes in the conversation. “Why call me a guest? It seems forced to be me.” Paul thinks it over, understanding the point that Juliette was now trying to make. He could now understand where both were coming from in not looking forward to the dinner. “And I thought we agreed that I didn’t have to go?”

“We discussed it – but hadn’t fully decided yet, remember?” Brad reminds her as she rolls her eyes.

“I thought you said that you were fine with me going to see Yolanda and Edward to discuss things.” Paul then looks between the pair, growing a little nervous by the tone of each of their voices.

“Is there something wrong, besides disgruntle parents?” Paul asks quietly as they both glance towards the crew chief.

“I want to be a mother and have kids,” Juliette starts. “However, we’re not sure about it due to….well, the obvious. So I’ve discussed it over with Edward and Yolanda, and Edward was supposed to see what he could find out.” Paul shakes his head, understanding, somewhat.

“Isn’t a family dinner more important, though?” Juliette rolls her eyes, not wanting to think about the family dinner.

“I don’t want to go to the family dinner, Paul. Why should I go see people that don’t like me? That’s why I’d rather go see my family and have some fun.” Paul thinks it over, knowing that she was stubborn as ever with her comments.

“But – what if you go to do the dinner? Perhaps you could convince them to like you. Perhaps you could show the sweet side of you and they may come to agreement.” Juliette shakes her head no, remembering Bob’s words.

“Bob told me that he’d never like me because I was a vampire.” Paul looks on surprised, as that seemed very out of character for the normal caring Bob. Normally, he only got like that if someone bothered his children – hence his anger towards Carl before.

“What about Dawn? What about Brian? You could maybe convince them, and that’d be a start.” Juliette glances between the pair and lets out a sigh. No matter what she said, she knew this was something that Brad was not going to let go. It was even worse now that he had Paul’s back-up.

“So basically I’m forced to go to this family dinner?” Brad shrugs his shoulders, hating how harsh those words sounded.

“It’d mean a lot if you came with me, but you don’t have to go,” Brad tells her as he pulls her close to him. She then thinks it over, before letting out a sigh. Maybe there was a chance to convince them to like her.

“Fine.”

 

Chapter 7: The Dinner

“I can’t believe that I am actually going to this dinner with you,” Juliette comments as she follows Brad into the house. They had agreed to meet at Dawn’s house.

“Just keep quiet and behave,” he tells her. “It may go better than you think it will.” Juliette rolls her eyes, knowing that she was hoping for a miracle. They then make their way through the house, meeting up with Dawn and Brian in the kitchen.

“Brad – glad you could make it!” Dawn lets out before turning around and giving her brother a hug.

“I wouldn’t miss a family dinner for anything.”

“Oh really?” Brian questions over Dawn’s shoulder as Brad eyes his brother.

“Hey – I couldn’t get out of those commitments,” Brad comments before giving Brian a hug as Juliette stands there, nervously. Nothing about this felt comfortable. She wondered if it would ever feel comfortable.

“Is that Brad’s voice that I hear?” A new voice chimes in, walking into the kitchen. Brad then looks over at his dad with a smile. “Hey.”

“Hey Dad.” Bob’s eyes then land on Juliette, and she could immediately sense the resistance of acceptance and anger and whatever else was laced in there. It was as if he was telling her that a vampire would never fit in their family.

“Hello Bob,” Juliette says, holding out her hand for him to shake. Without the acceptance, she hadn’t crossed the bridge for hugs or calling him her father. Till he accepted her for who she was, she wasn’t willing to budge on that.

“Hello Juliette,” Bob replies, not even laying his eyes on shaking her hand as his focus remains on his son. “So, did you figure out what happened at Atlanta?” Brad could sense how uncomfortable Juliette felt, and how things were not going anywhere near as promised. His siblings had barely acknowledged her, and his father wouldn’t even shake her hand.

“Paul says he pretty much knows and we’ll be set for Auto Club in two weeks,” Brad answers, wrapping an arm around Juliette to offer her some sort of comfort, if possible.

“But the plan is to win Phoenix this weekend, right?” Brad shakes his head yes, no doubt having his focus on a win. He wanted to joins his teammate in the Chase.

“I have total belief that he can get it done,” Juliette comments, trying to engage herself in the conversation. Perhaps if she kept the doors open, it would welcome a fair trade off from the family.

“Why else wouldn’t you?” Brian questions as he walks out of the kitchen. Juliette then lets out a sigh, glancing towards Brad’s brother. Perhaps she needed to take a different approach.

“Excuse me….” She then leaves the kitchen, following Brian through the house to the living room. “If you have something that you want to say to me, why avoid me? Why not just say it to my face?” Brian then turns around and faces her, surprised.

“I told you what I thought of you when I met you. Vampires and werewolves don’t go together.” Juliette rolls her eyes, getting annoyed of hearing that same argument from everyone.

“They can go together if both sides can have co-operation. We’re not the only pair who have done this, Brian, as I can let you meet my friends.” Brian rolls his eyes as he closes the gap between the pair, keeping his eyes focused on her.

“Oh really? Then why did you need my brother’s stamp on you to protect you?” Juliette crosses her arms, honestly not wanting to face the situation with Jason anymore. She had thought that was left in the past.

“Because he was a crazed sicko. That wasn’t due to being a werewolf and after a vampire; that was due to being sick in his own head and wanting to harm people. If your argument is any valid, then why hasn’t your brother tried anything? Why haven’t any of the other werewolves – Jacob – tried to hurt me?” Brian flips her hand over and places his finger on the stamp.

“You have a protection against you. That saves you from all boun-”

“Jacob never tried before the stamp, or others that I came across. Why don’t you get off your high horse and realize that you’re totally wrong? Love knows no bounds. I love your brother so much and will do anything for him! I want to be with him because I love every bit of him, and want to take care of him and be there for him. I want to be the dream girl of his dreams. You saw the friendship that we had when he started at JR Motorsports – you even applauded it. Why the issue?” Brian freezes, remembering that moment at JR Motorsports when he commented that they were great together, and should go out. So here they were together, and he was one of the few who were denying it. What had changed?

“I don’t know…” He then lets out a sigh as he glances away from her, before returning his eyes to her. “I guess I’m caught up on old morals that said I was to stay away from your kind. I guess I forgot that there are some nice people in the breed, including yourself.” Juliette smiles, glad that she had made some sort of break through. So far, that meant Kay and Brian were on her side. Only two more people to go.

“Just like not every werewolf is bad, either. There are those who can be very loving, and not violent at all. One of those is your brother. Now, can we get along?” Brian lets a smile cross his face as he shakes his head yes. “And can you convince your sister to like me?”

“I think you’d have better luck with Dad than you would with Dawn. When she’s set on something, she’s set on it. That’s going to take a lot of work.”

 

Chapter 8: Her Family

A lot of you have been asking about Juliette’s family. I touched upon it in the first two stories a little, but I thought it’d be warranted to expand on it based on reviews and looking at Brad’s side of the coin.
Juliette walks into the room, rolling her eyes.

She honestly didn’t want to make the trip. She was having fun with Brad and knew this trip would be only an option if Edward had found some answers for her. However, she was requested to attend and after being bugged, she had agreed. Besides, Brad was busy that evening going on an outing with the team. She knew that she could quickly head up to their home, see them and return before morning.

“Juliette!” Yolanda lets out as she immediately walks over and wraps her arms around Juliette. Juliette barely accepts the hug in return, more than annoyed with her best friend. Yolanda noticed the response as she took a step back to look at Juliette in the eye.

“Why did you tell him?” Juliette questions as she keeps her eyes focused on Yolanda. She didn’t care what the rest of the night entailed as she was ready to handle it. However, she wasn’t ready to handle her friend going behind her back.

“I felt it was necessary to make Danny aware of your decision, that’s all.” Juliette rolls her eyes as she crosses her arms. She was growing tired of the over-protective brother act from Danny.

“Oh, because my brother has to know everything that’s going on in my life?” Yolanda lets out a sigh, knowing that perhaps she had made the wrong decision. However, she wasn’t ready to admit that.

“It’s a big decision and risk if you are to have kids with Brad. It’s a decision that comes with heavy consequences if things aren’t right – mainly being death. It’s also a decision that nobody feels comfortable with you doing as Brad has said that, Edward has said that and I have said that. With that in mind, I felt it was necessary to let Danny know because I didn’t need you taking a big risk like that.” Juliette rolls her eyes. She had heard this same type of excuse before. It was the same reason why Yolanda had told Danny about her dating a racecar driver, followed by dating a human, and now dating a werewolf who drove racecars. Thankfully, Danny had finally accepted the lather.

“I get it, okay? You want to protect me because you don’t think that I can do it myself. However, if I actually decided that yes I want to have children, I think I would be fully capable of telling Danny myself before I got pregnant. I can handle my own life so please stop handling it for me.” Yolanda lets out a sigh and puts her hands up in the air.

“Look – I’m sorry, alright? I was scared based on what you told me and needed someone to talk to. Sorry that led to talking to your brother.” Juliette rolls her eyes.

“You could’ve talked to Edward or Bella or Jacob – anybody but Danny! Now, where is he?” Yolanda points out back as Juliette takes a deep breath. “Thank you.”

She then makes her way through the house, freezing as she glances over at the picture of their parents that hang on the wall. She takes a deep breath, letting that run through her mind and shaking her head. She could understand with what happened to her parents that things were on edge about taking risks, and she missed them more than anything. However, it still didn’t explain how she was treated.

She then makes her way through the rest of the house, going out into the backyard. She slowly closes the door behind her, looking out into the woods. She sees Danny perched up in a tree, gazing out towards the field behind their house. She thought back to when they were kids and remembered that he would do that whenever he wanted to think about something. It wasn’t a surprise that he was back there once again.

“I’m here – what do you want?” She calls out, as his eyes immediately snap to her. He then returns her gaze to the field with a sigh.

“It took you long enough,” he comments as she makes her way out to a tree, sitting on a branch across from him.

“You could’ve came and seen me if you wanted. You’re not banned from the house or my life.” He lets out a sigh, knowing that was an option. However, it wouldn’t be the same as having a good private discussion in their yard.

“Yolanda told me that you’re going to hav-”

“We’re thinking about it, Danny. We haven’t decided whether we’re actually going to have a child yet.” He then glances over at her, intrigued. “We’re looking into the pros and cons and seeing whether it’s possible. Edward is supposed to see what he can find, and then once we know more, we will decide.” He lets out a sigh of relief as it was nice to hear that Juliette was finally being thoughtful about her decisions.

“Well, at least you’re taking the time to find out more information. I appreciate that. Even still, though, are you sure that this is a good idea?” Juliette glances away, not really wanting to discuss this openly with everyone yet. Why was it so hard for them to understand?

“We love each other, a lot. I think you know how much I love Brad. We want to be together forever. We always talked about when we were dating before about having our own little family. Now that we’re together, we want to make that happen.” He looks over, feeling some sympathy towards the situation. He understood those wants, having similar wants for when he finally found someone to be with forever.

“I understand – but is that want worth the risk? You guys are finally together and it’s nice to see you happy. I just don’t want that ruined.”

“Hence why we’re talking it out before doing anything. Hence why we’re taking our time moving forward. Hey, I made progress. I got his brother to like me.” Danny glances over with a smile as Juliette shifts over to the same branch that he is on. “Tell me something. Why does it bother you so much? Why do you feel no matter what I’ve done that you need to tell me what to do and how to run my life?”

“I care about you, and I worr-”

“I’m a big girl, Danny. I can make my own decisions. I’m an adult now and know what I want and whether it’s going to work out for me.” He then lets out a sigh, knowing that.

“I know…”

“Well then?” He then looks out into the woods, thinking things over.

“You’re my baby sister and I’ve always been there for you, protecting you from whatever the world dished out at us. It’s always been just us, Juliette. Since we were little, it’s been us against the world. When mom and dad died, I made a promise then to them that I’d protect their little girl and make sure that she got the happiness she deserved. I guess I’m just afraid of you getting hurt and breaking that promise.” A small smile forms on Juliette’s face as she wraps an arm around Danny.

“Danny, no matter what, you don’t have to worry. Mom and Dad would be proud of how you’ve helped me grow and become who I am. They’d also be proud to know that you’re ready to let me explore on my own and make my own decisions, based on everything that you’ve taught me. I love you. You’re the best big brother that a girl could have.”

“So, does it bother you that somehow our cousins, aunts and uncles found out about the baby possibility?” She then lets him go and gives him a look. “They kind of overheard the discussion between me and Yolanda.” Juliette rolls her eyes as she glances back towards the house. If they got word that she was in town, it’d be time to answer way too many questions. “And, I hate to tell you, they’re not feeling too strongly about it either.”

“That doesn’t surprise me. They didn’t feel too strongly about Brad and look at where that has gone. Maybe they’ll learn in time to like him, and maybe in time they’ll warm up to the idea of a baby werewolf in the family.” Danny looks at her in surprise.

“I was hoping that the baby would turn out as a mini you – if you do. However, my word stands true. I still don’t endorse the idea, but I’m not going to stand in your way. I trust you.” She then smiles as while he wasn’t ready to fully agree on a baby, there was a sign of support.

That was enough for her at the time because in truth, she wasn’t too positive on the idea yet. It all depended on what the future held.

Chapter 9: Riding a High
I know the last chapter left you with questions surrounding how Juliette’s parents died. Again, I wasn’t looking to include that in detail – but may include that as we go along. It’s all about talking to the muse and seeing if it gives me something.
Juliette had to admit one thing – she was riding a high right now.

She had come to a consensus with her brother at least, and had a great time in California. The race couldn’t had turned out any better as Brad was able to make the move at the end, taking home the victory. The win brought forth happiness in victory lane with tons of kisses traded back and forth, along with some celebrating of their own afterwards.

“I love you so much,” Juliette commented later on Sunday night. “I just wish that we were making something really special out of this.” Brad rolls over and runs his fingers lightly across her cheek with a smile.

“Give it time,” he reminds her. “We’re working towards that happening. Edward is looking into things, Danny is at least willing to agree to a baby under the right circumstances, and my family is starting to like you more. Patience…” She smiles in return, loving the encouraging words. They only added to the high that she was riding as it was certainly nice to have another person on her side.

It was nice to be able to talk to Brian following Brad’s win at California, without any signs of hesitation in the discussion.

It was also nice to be back on an even page with her brother as she hated fighting with him. No matter how frustrated she got with him in times, she loved him dearly and didn’t want any of that change. It was always Danny and Juliette, and that was the way things would stay.

“So is that to say that you’re warming up to the idea?” She questions, noticing the lack of hesitation in Brad’s voice to talk about it. While he knew answering ‘yes’ would make her quite happy, he couldn’t quite say the word yet. He was still concerned about things, based on the simple risk – he didn’t want to chance losing her, again. He knew the feeling and hated it. However, even with not opening his thoughts yet, he was willing to accept her search of knowledge and see where it took them. It was all about keeping an open mind.

“Not yet – but we’ll see what happens,” he tells her before kissing her lips lightly, trying to smooth off his confession. “By the way, has Edward called you yet? I thought he was supposed to call you if he found something.” That was a call that she had been patiently anxiously awaiting, as she just hoped and prayed for some good news one way or another. She was also curious as to what he would find out as it could determine their future of children, based on Brad’s comment.

“Not yet – but give him time. He wants to go through everything closely as possible so that way he can give me the most information possible.”

That option of receiving the most information possible came about 12 hours later, as Edward showed up at their house on Monday afternoon. Juliette normally wouldn’t had been home during the day, however the busy weekend and time change had her tired and staying home versus going out.

“So I found some information out, and some of it is good news,” he comments as he follows her into the house. It felt weird to be discussing things inside of her house each time that he did it as he was used to being out in the woods with other vampires, or within the openness home feeling that he got at home. “However, there are also concerns.”

“That’s to be expected,” Juliette comments as she sits down on the couch, eager to hear what Edward has to offer.

“I went and spoke to Jacob as I wanted to figure out as much as I could about werewolves and babies. Based on what he told me, it could help you in going through the process.” She then looks at him intrigued, interested in the information. Before when they talked about a werewolf inside of her, it had always ended in horror stories.

“Go on….” He then chuckles a little, knowing how eager and excited Juliette was to hear whatever information that he could offer.

“Jacob says a werewolf-human split normally have one or two per litter, unlike a regular wolf that has seven to eigh-”

“Thank God!” Edward shakes his head in agreement.

“He also says that they don’t know right off the bat how to attack and what they’re supposed to eat. For the first two weeks, they simply eat their mom’s milk and nothing else. Then at the age of three to four weeks, that’s when you’d introduce actual food and begin training them as to what they’re supposed to eat and such. Oh, and you’re normally pregnant for a month.” Juliette’s jaw drops in shock, as she had expected a longer period of time, based on the fact that humans go nine months for their pregnancy.

“Wow. It’s like instant baby! So, based on what you said, there’d be no danger inside of me?” Edward thinks it over, going back through the things that Jacob told him and what he knew was most significant right now.

“Jacob still says that he’d be scared of a wolf being inside of you because it’s natural instinct for wolves to try and eat vamp-”

“But look at Brad! Look at Jacob! They didn’t do that, now did they?” Edward slowly shakes his head no as he lets out a sigh.

“It’s a complicated thing. Per wolf/vampire belief, what I said is supposedly true. However, as we’ve seen, it’s been proven time and time again to be wrong. Then there’s the fact that you’re marked, and protected from any werewolf that would try to attack you. Nobody knows whether that will help you from the inside, and Jacob says probably not in his opinion.” Juliette lets out a sigh as she glances out the window. While there was so much hope when Edward showed up, it seemed to be dwindling with each moment that he spent there.

“So in other words, we’re back at square one, still worried?” Edward glances over, sensing the frustration immediately. He had expected that based on what he knew.

“We’re still worried – but while it was a 100% no chance at working out, you’ve now improved your chances to 50% in my eyes. That is some development, right?” She lets out a sigh as while that may be for Edward, it was always 50% in her mind. “I’m going to talk to my parents about having vampire babies of our own, and also Bella wants to talk to you about having a human-vampire hybrid baby. Jacob is also trying to find more information and will contact me as soon as possible.” He then places a hand on her leg, catching her attention. “I’m trying, okay?” She slowly shakes her head yes.

“I know…but it’s just frustrating. What if there’s no way to be certain?”

“Are we ever certain in our lives?”

Chapter 10: Speaking the Truth
“Remember how you said that you wouldn’t warm up to the idea till you knew details?” Juliette questions as she enters Brad’s office. Following the afternoon chat with Edward, she quickly made her way over to the Penske shop. When it came to details of baby, she couldn’t wait till that evening when he got home.

“Uh…yeaa…” Brad comments as he glances up, surprised to see her. Well, partially surprised. The question had caught his attention, but realization came easy in her appearance as she was able to go anywhere she wanted quickly. “I’m guessing you have information?” Juliette shakes her head yes as she sits down on the edge of his desk. “You couldn’t wait till I got home in a couple hours.”

“I’m excited – isn’t that worth something?” He lets out a sigh. He knew by those words that the news was probably very positive and could answer their questions. Thought while they were receiving answers, he still worried about the possibilities. What if something went wrong no matter what they were told? What if they were told all this and something happened? It wasn’t fair to risk the chance of losing her.

“Enlighten me…please…” She smiles, glad that his tinge of anger in the surprise was gone.

“Edward went and talked to Jacob since he figured that’d be a good place to start. Honestly, it’s helpful information based on what we thought before. Thankfully, if you do get me pregnant, it will be one or tw-”

“Versus six to nine babies. Remember, I’m a wolves. I know how it goes for werewolves and wolves.” She then looks at him, quite intrigued.

“And you couldn’t ease the mind of multiples for me?” He then smiles back at her in return.

“I thought you would’ve known something like that before.” She then lets out a sigh, followed by an eye-roll. Baby discussions never seemed to go smoothly for them. “Remember how we were worried about them attacking me from the inside? Well, according to Jacob, they don’t know what they’re supposed to eat or those instincts, till they’re trained.” Brad shakes his head, understanding, seeing the positives in this discussion already. His nightmares were disappearing.

“That’s good. Did Jacob also share that they drink the mom’s milk for two weeks and you’re only pregnant for-”

“A month, as yes, he told me.” Brad shakes his head, undersantding, as he relaxes back.

“The wolf then earns his human form at about two months. So for the first two months, he could be our pet to humans, or just kept hidden. Now being that you lead a normal life, how are you going to present a human baby form that looks like us both to the world and only have been pregnant for two months?” She then looks at him, surprised. she hadn’t even thought about that worry right now. first, they were to be worried about getting pregnant – and then how that’d go – and then born. From there on, she would worry about the rest.

“I’d just hide said baby till the right time, and then explain that it was a cousin of one of ours – whoever the kid looked closest to – that we adopted.” Brad thinks it over and shakes his head no.

“Do you really think people would believe that?” She rolls her eyes, in disbelief of the discussion,

“We haven’t even decided whether we’re going to do this yet so why bother discussing that? We can worry about that later, Brad!” He then puts his hands up, seeing his frustration, admitting defeat on the topic. However, it was bound to return to discussion in the future. “Now, despite what I told you, there’s still a fear about a wolf being inside of me because of natural instinct, despite the fact that you and Jacob have overcome that.” Brad rolls his eyes. Despite everything they said, they were back and square one with fear in the eyes.

“So why are we having this discussion? It sounds like the first discussion that we had!” She then lets out a sigh as she glances out the window.

“I thought you’d be curious as to what Edward told me, but I guess not.” Brad keeps his eyes locked on her, feeling guilty that he was being the route of her current frustration.

“I am curious – but I’ve told you from the beginning that I want no interest in this if there’s a chance of something happe-”

“Are we having sex and making the kid? No! We’re simply discussing it. I thought discussions were warranted.” Brad lets out a sigh.

“They are….”

“Then why are you arguing with me over this? At least be a reasonable person and accept the information, and then debate what to do with it afterwards. Just because I’ve heard all this doesn’t mean I’m coming to you right now and telling you to make me a kid. I just wanted to keep you informed.” He then grabs her hands, catching her attention back to his eyes.

“I’m sorry, okay? The whole situation just has me on edge.” She shakes her head, slowly beginning to understand. She was on edge for the same reasons, but handled it differently.

“It’s okay – I understand. Now….Jacob also mentioned the marking. He says that it could probably help from the inside, but no definition. So I then told Edward that we’re back at square one as you said, and he said we are, but at least we have information. He’s going to talk to his parents, and Bella, and see whether we can find out more.” Brad shakes his head, understanding. That was a start. More information would certainly be good as it could possibly ease the tension and give a definite answer.

“Hopefully it’s good information.”