Two Hearts, One Soul

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Chapter 16

Matt and Sam entered their apartment and went to get ready for bed. Sam seemed to be very quiet tonight and Matt wondered if something was wrong.

“You’re being very quiet tonight. Penny for your thoughts?” Matt said as he wrapped his arms around her after they finished brushing their teeth and Sam had braided her hair for the night. She normally wore it braided to sleep on and this morning the tangles had been a real hassle, especially since she had been in a hurry to get dressed.

“I’m just really tired and my stomach is a bit sore. I think I’m going to be starting my cycle soon. Do we have any tylenol?” Sam asked as she rubbed her hand over her lower stomach.

Matt opened the door on the mirror and revealed a fully stocked medicine cabinet. He picked out the tylenol and handed her the bottle.

“Thanks. I’m going to get something to wash these down with.” Sam said as she shook a couple of the pills into her hand and headed towards the kitchen. She poured some apple juice into a glass and popped the pills into her mouth.

Matt watched her and could tell there was something else bothering her. She rinsed her glass and turned to see him watching her.

“Are you sure nothing else is bothering you? You can tell me anything Sam. Maybe I can help?” Matt asked as he walked towards her and slipped his hands around her waist.

“I think I need to talk to your mom again before she goes to bed unless you have ladies feminine products hidden around here somewhere?” Sam smirked up at him.

“Uh, I didn’t think about that but maybe my mom did? Let’s go look but if I not, I know where they are stored downstairs. Come on.” Matt said and walked with her back to the bathroom. They searched the bathroom but came up empty and then Matt thought to look in the linen closet where the extra toilet paper, boxes of tissue and stuff like that were stored.

Sure enough, Natalie had made sure that there was a box of tampons as well as overnight feminine pads on the shelf. He called Sam to tell her he had found them but didn’t touch them himself. It just seemed wrong for him to put his hands on such a personal item.

Then realized he was being silly since he had not only touched but tasted the place where those items would be used and the thought of how much he had enjoyed touching and tasting her the past couple of nights made him hard. He palmed and scolded himself “You can’t touch her tonight. She’s already not feeling well and fucking her tonight will make her cramps worse tomorrow.” He grabbed the two boxes off the shelf and passed them to her as she came down the hall and he went to the bedroom while she headed back into the bathroom.

Matt remembered when his sister, Candance, had started her monthly cycle. Her cramps had been intense and her mood swings had been amazing. She went from being the sweet gentle girl that had earned her the nickname “Candy” to being a full fledged bitch!

Everything seemed to upset her. She would either be crying at the smallest things to a raging, angry lunatic in the blink of an eye. And she had zero sense of humor. He hated to admit it but Natalie became much the same when it was her time of the month but she had seriously mellowed over the years. Now you just took your life in your hands if you pissed her off when she was having hers. He wondered what Sam would be like as he sat down on the bed and leaned up against the headboard while he waited for her.

She came out a few minutes later with her hand on her stomach and it didn’t look like she felt well at all. She climbed up on the bed and snuggled up next to him. “I’m sorry, Matt but my cycle has begun. I’m not going to be able to do anything tonight or for the next three or four days, no matter how much I might want to.” Sam whispered as she fought back the stupid hormone fueled tears.

Her mood would be rather drab for the next couple of days where she would be ready to cry at the drop of a hat and she would get depressed. Normally all she wanted to do would be to sleep, curled up like a ball especially for the first day.

“It’s OK babe. I understand. You just sleep and rest. I love you and sex is not all I want our relationship to be. If you can’t get up tomorrow, that’s OK. You just stay in here and rest. Has mom introduced you to your maid yet?” Matt asked.

“No, not yet but I really don’t need a maid, Matt. I’m used to doing things for myself. I just need to know where things like the laundry room are and where to find cleaning supplies. This place might be huge for a single apartment but I’m used to taking care of a lot more than this.” Sam tried to explain.

“What you had to do before is not what you will have to do here. When you fully become Luna you will have a lot of duties that are more important than just taking care of me and our home. You will have an entire pack to look after and our pack is almost a thousand strong. Besides, when you get pregnant, you will be glad for the help.” Matt told her.

“Well, I guess we can try it but for now, I’d rather take care of myself. I don’t expect her to lay out my clothes or help me bathe or anything like that.” Sam said.

They were quiet for a while, just snuggling and enjoying being together and quiet. Then Sam asked “Matt, can I ask you something? A favor?”

“Sure babe. Your wish is my command. What is it you want?” Matt asked.

“When they arrest everyone at Red Moon, can I bring my Aunt Mae here and maybe Sara and Cook Betty and her mate?” Sam asked shyly. “I’m worried about them. I’m afraid that Uncle Lou might blame Aunt Mae for me disappearing. I hope he doesn’t think she helped me get away. He found out that Aunt Mae was slipping me new panties and feminine supplies one time. He yelled at her and I think he slapped her but she never would admit it. He punched me in the stomach until I threw up. Thankfully I missed his feet or he would have probably killed me.

When I asked her if he had hit her, Aunt Mae just told me to not worry about it, that he was a man and didn’t understand about a woman’s cycle. She, Sara and Cook Betty were the only ones who were ever really nice to me, even though I was sometimes the cause of them getting punished. I don’t want them to be without a place to go if the council removes everyone and the police go to investigate what happened there. Tina and Nicole were never mean to me but they really didn’t go out of their way to be real friendly either.”

“I’m sure that can be arranged. I’ll make sure the council knows that they are to be brought here when they raid the place. Are you sure Cook Betty’s mate is someone you can trust? I won’t bring someone here that might try to hurt you in revenge or be a danger to my pack.” Matt said.

“I met him a couple of times. He seemed like a nice man and Betty always spoke well of him but you are right, I don’t know him. But can you at least get Aunt Mae and Sara out? She’s an orphan and has no one.” Sam said.

“Well, I feel pretty certain I can bring those two but I’ll have to check into Cook Betty’s mate. What’s his name?” Matt asked.

“Harry. I don’t know their last names. But he’s tall, skinny, salt and pepper hair and brown eyes. He always wears overalls because he works in the garage, taking care of the vehicles. You know, come to think of it. I haven’t seen him in a long time.” Sam said, trying to remember the last time she had seen the man.

Not long after that, Sam finally fell into a fitful sleep. Matt lay next to her, admiring her beauty until she began to mumble in her sleep. He curled himself closer to her and put his arm around her waist, and pulled her close, holding her firmly to let her know he was there. She became quiet again and Matt kissed her temple and fell asleep wondering how he had gotten so lucky in finding her.

A couple of hours later, Matt was startled awake by Sam crying out and thrashing around on the bed. She was obviously caught up in a nightmare and it was scaring the hell out of her.

“Sam! Sam! Sam, baby. Wake up! Wake up, Sam! It’s Ok. I’m here. No one is going to hurt you!” Matt called out to her until she finally woke up. She was breathing hard and had a wild look in her eyes and he could hear her heart racing.

When she finally became coherent enough to realize where she was, she practically dived into his embrace, wrapping her arms around him and holding him tight as she tried to stop shaking and get her breathing under control. Her face was soaked with tears she hadn’t even realized she had shed until he wiped them away with his thumbs as he cupped her face in his hands and tilted her head up to look at him.

“What is it baby? What has you so scared?” Matt said softly.

“I guess I was dreaming. I dreamed that Uncle Lou and Ralph had taken turns beating me and I was in the clinic. I heard them coming and I took off running. The whole pack was chasing me with Uncle Lou in the lead. He had that damned whip and kept snapping it at me. I was running and running and I thought my lungs would burst but I was too terrified to stop.

I ran into a field and there were dead bodies everywhere. Some of them were dead wolves, others were human girls. They were tied up and all bloody. I tried jumping over them because I didn’t want to touch them but then they started reaching for me, begging me to help them and all the time I could hear Uncle Lou and Ralph just laughing at me, the most evil laugh, because I kept falling down and trying to get away. Then you woke me up.”

“Oh baby. It was only a dream. Come on, let’s go back to sleep. I’m right here and no one is going to hurt you ever again. Not while I’m here.” Matt said, holding her close. He kissed the top of her head and just held her until she stopped shaking and began to doze off again.

He had a hard time falling asleep again because it made him angry to think about the hell her Uncle and his son had put his mate through. The length and tension of the day finally caught up with him and he drifted off to sleep again only to have his alarm wake him up around 7 am. He quickly turned it off and rolled over only to discover the bed was empty. He sat up and looked around wondering where Sam was then he smelled bacon and coffee.

He pushed his legs over the side of the bed and hurried to use the bathroom. As soon as he had relieved his bladder and brushed his teeth, he hurried into his closet and pulled on a pair of sweatpants. He walked down the hall and into the kitchen and found Sam humming as she cooked breakfast.

He leaned up against the wall and watched her for a minute or two and she was just lifting the last of the bacon out of the pan when suddenly she bent over and moaned, her hand on her stomach as she held onto the edge of the counter.

Matt rushed to her side and took the tongs out of her hand and turned off the stove. “What’s wrong, baby?” he asked as he caught her by the shoulders, unsure where he could safely touch her. When he finally did, he noticed that she felt slightly warmer than usual.

“Just cramps. It’s always bad the first day. Damn, I was hoping to make you breakfast in bed this morning. I’m sorry.” Sam said, tears filling her eyes, feeling so disappointed that she was going to have to let him down.

“Oh baby, you have nothing to be sorry for. You can’t help this. I wish I could take away your pain. Come on. You go back to bed and I’ll finish this up and bring it to you. Looks like all I have to do is scramble some eggs and I can do that.” Matt said.

“No, no. If you can help me to the table, I can sit in a chair. I don’t want to be treated like an invalid. I’m not sick or hurt. Just emotional and cramping. Would you mind getting me some more tylenol, please? It doesn’t take them away completely but it does help dull it somewhat.”

“Sure. You stay right there and I’ll be right back.” Matt ran back to their bathroom and grabbed the bottle of tylenol and ran back to the kitchen. Thankfully, Sam was still sitting at the table but he could tell she was in pain.

He shook two capsules into his hand and handed them to her. “What do you want to drink?” He asked worriedly.

“Just enough Apple juice to get them down and then I want coffee.” Sam said. She had just about to pour herself a cup when the bacon had finished because the coffee pot had just dinged saying it was done too but then the cramp hit.

She should have taken tylenol when she first woke up since it was the cramps that had awakened her but she had gone to the bathroom and changed her supplies and then brushed her teeth. After a quick look in the fridge for breakfast supplies she finally decided to go downstairs and ask the cook for supplies to make her and Matt breakfast. Once she had everything she needed, she had come back upstairs and started breakfast all without having another one until that one hit.

This month the pains seemed to be much worse than they normally were, something like they had been when she first started having her cycle. This was more like she had heard labor pains were like. They would come suddenly and were intense for a minute or two and then they would fade away for a while.

Matt got her juice and watched her take the pills before he went to finish making their breakfast. “Where did the food come from?” Matt asked as he poured the eggs into a pan and then smelled what smelled like something baking.

“I begged the cook for food to surprise you with breakfast. She’s really nice and told me I was being sweet. She also tried to convince me that she didn’t mind making breakfast for us and having it brought up but I insisted that I wanted to make it myself. She said she understood and let me have some cinnamon buns she was making. They are in the oven and smell like they are almost done.”

Matt smiled at her then checked on the buns that sure enough were done. He grabbed a pot holder and took them out of the oven and asked. “Please tell me she sent up the frosting? Cook makes the best cinnamon buns you’ve ever tasted.”

"It's in the small bowl there on the counter." Sam smiled at him.

Matt spooned the creamy topping over the hot rolls and then finished cooking their breakfast. He separated the food onto two plates and brought them to the table. He went back and brought them coffee then joined her at the table.

“Now Matt, you know I can’t eat this much. You should take more of these eggs. I hate to waste food.” Sam said.

“You eat what you can and I’ll finish what you don’t. OK?” Matt smiled at her.

“Ok. How long are the council members going to be here?” Sam asked. She prayed the tylenol would kick in soon and she would be able to handle going downstairs.

“They leave today, probably right after breakfast. Don’t worry about them. I’ll explain that you are under the weather today and can’t be there to see them off. Is this normal for your cramps?” Matt asked.

“Well, I will admit that it is a little more painful than it normally is, like when I first started my cycle but it’s usually only really bad the first day. Tomorrow it will be more like a muscle ache. This is more like getting kicked in the crotch.” Sam said and then grinned when he winced and put a hand over his crotch as if to protect himself.

“Ouch! I know what that feels like and it’s definitely painful. Oh you poor thing to have to have that over and over again all day.” Matt said with sympathy in his eyes.

“Do you think Teddy would have time to bring my computer and start teaching me how to use it? I’m really anxious to start learning my Luna duties but I’m not going to be able to move around much today and maybe tomorrow but if I have to sit and do nothing all day it’s going to make me crazy.” Sam told him.

“I’ll send him up as soon as the council members leave. He should be on hand for anything that the council members may need this morning.” Matt said. Matt watched her out of the corner of his eye and could tell that she was having some smaller cramps but these were not as bad as the first one he had seen. Either way, he was worried. He wanted to talk to his mom and maybe Dr. Andy. He didn’t remember his sisters being this bad.

He glanced at the clock and realized that he needed to get moving but he hated to leave her alone especially while she was in pain. He felt like he would be deserting her.

He finished off his breakfast and noticed that she had stopped eating when he was about half way through. His stomach was actually satisfied but knew she hated to waste food.

“Here baby. Eat this, if you are still hungry. I don’t have an appetite right now. Do you by chance have a heating pad?” Sam asked. She had been gritting her teeth, trying to hide it when the cramps grabbed her but she could feel a sweat breaking out on the back of her neck.

“I’m good, hon. I don’t have a heating pad but I think my mom does. I’ll go over and borrow hers. You want to go back to bed?” Matt asked.

Another painful cramp grabbed her as she started to stand up and this time it was so bad, she nearly hit her knees. Matt jumped up and caught her before she hit the floor and swept her up, bridal style. As he carried her back to bed he noticed that she was running a slight fever and something told him that this was not normal and that he needed to contact Dr. Andy. He mind linked the doctor and asked him to come up to their apartment and then asked his mother to come over with her heating pad. Matt laid her down on the bed gently and kissed the top of her head.

Their doorbell sounded and he told her “I’ll be right back.” He ran back down the hall and opened the door for his mother.

“What’s wrong?” Natalie asked. She had heard the worry in Matt’s voice when he had linked her.

“Sam started her period last night but she’s having cramps so bad it’s knocking her off her feet, almost like she’s in labor or something. Something tells me that there’s something wrong.” Matt said in a shaky voice. He didn’t say it but Natalie could tell he was scared.

Just then the phone for the elevator rang and Matt answered. “Doc?” Natalie walked back to the bedroom to see if she could comfort Sam and hopefully help figure out what was wrong. She had a feeling she knew but it would be highly unusual to happen now since they had already mated. However, tonight was when the full moon would be at its fullest.

“Yes. I’m here. What’s wrong?” Dr. Andy asked.

“It’s Sam. Just come on up and I’ll explain when you get here.” Matt said and pushed the button that would make the elevator come up to their floor. Matt left the front door open and quickly walked back to the bedroom. He had to watch over her himself.

“Too hell with the council members. Stuart can handle seeing them off.” He thought as he walked into the bedroom and saw his mother putting a wet compress on Sam’s head.

“Dr. Andy will be here in a minute.” Matt said as he walked over to his side of the bed and crawled across it to get close to her. He held her hand as he looked at his mother, who had a worried expression on her face.

A minute later, Dr. Andy walked in and said “Hey. What’s going on here?” When he saw Luna Natalie’s face, he became truly concerned.

“Good morning Andy. It’s like she’s in heat but she and Matt mated and marked each other the night before last. This shouldn’t be happening, should it?”

“Let me give her a look and I’ll let you know. I’ve seen it happen a couple of times before but it’s very rare.” Dr. Andy said as he sat his bag down on the foot of the bed and told Matt “Matt, if you could wait outside. I’d really appreciate a cup of coffee when I’m done here. I didn’t get but a sip of mine when you called. I’ll call you when you can come back in.”

Matt didn’t want to leave but did as the doctor requested. As soon as he left, Dr. Andy pulled the blanket off of Sam and said. “She’s probably going to need a cool bath, if you could turn on the water in the tub while I check her out, Natalie? Don’t make it too cold, just room temperature and we’ll add cold water as we need to.”

“Sure.” Natalie said.

Dr. Andy took her blood pressure, pulse and temperature, listened to her heart and breathing and then asked Sam “Are you wearing a tampon?”

She was already becoming delirious but understood him and nodded her head yes, then groaned when the action made her head spin and pound which made her feel nauseous.

“I’m going to remove it and give you a pelvic exam. When you and Matt mated the other night, was he gentle or did it get rough at any time?” Dr. Andy said as he helped her to lay down flat and then lifted her night shirt up.

“No, he was very gentle. Even when he broke through my maiden head. It hurt for a minute but then it was wonderful. I only bled a little bit and didn’t bleed at all yesterday until just before I went to bed. I had started my period so I put in a tampon and put on an overnight pad. My stomach was a little bit uncomfortable but it wasn’t bad. This morning I woke up because I was having really bad cramps and I’ve had a headache all morning. I feel kind of sick to my stomach too. I could barely eat anything this morning. I feel like I’m having trouble concentrating.” Sam described what she was feeling. She really just wanted to go back to sleep. After the night terrors and getting up so early, she was really tired.

Dr. Andy helped her pull off her underwear and then put on a pair of rubber gloves before he removed the tampon. It was saturated and he tossed it in the small trash can. “Let me know if this hurts at all.” He said as he slowly slipped two fingers inside of her. She was swollen inside in addition to being naturally tight and she had an unnatural odor. It was light and barely noticeable but it told him what he needed to know. He didn’t find anything wrong but felt it when a cramp grabbed hold and Sam bit into her fist to keep from screaming, nearly drawing blood. Her other hand was pulling hard on the sheet and Dr. Andy immediately removed his hand.

“Natalie! Can you step back in here for a moment please?” Dr. Andy called out. He removed his rubber glove and when Natalie came back in, he asked her “Can you please bring me the box of tampons she’s been using?”

“Sure.” Natalie turned around to go find the tampons and located them in the cabinet above the toilet. She carried them back to the bedroom as Dr. Andy was helping Sam to sit up. She passed him the box and he looked at it.

“Hmmmm. This is not on the banned list but I’m going to say that you are one of the rare ones that can not wear tampons. You will need to stick to pads.” Dr. Andy said.

“But I’ve worn them before and I’ve never had a reaction like this before. Granted that is not the brand I usually use but I have used tampons before.” Sam said. She hated the idea of having to wear only pads, especially the first day or two of her period when it was most heavy.

“You say that you normally get severe cramps during your cycle? Well this is more than likely the cause. I think the reason it’s worse this month is because your hymen is still healing from the mating process and your body is reacting to them more. Some women just can’t wear tampons.

You have probably been suffering from toxic shock syndrome monthly for a long time and you are very lucky that it didn’t cause you renal failure or kill you. I think you were already going into shock this time so it’s a good thing Matt called me when he did.

This combined with the fact that it’s the full moon tonight is making your cycle more intense. The good news is that now we can put you on the shot and that will help with your cycle and should reduce the intensity of your cramps from now on. In the meantime, here’s a muscle relaxer that should help with the cramps. You still won’t be able to wear tampons but your period will usually not last for more than three days from now on.” He said, handing her a muscle relaxer pill and then sitting the bottle of the rest he had brought with him on the bedside table for her to use as she needed.

Natalie, you can add hot water to that bath now. Sam, get in there and really wash yourself out inside as much as you can and soak. Turn on the jets and hold yourself against one if you need help. Heat will help you with the cramps and if you douche, use plain water only. I would say no penetration sex tonight but you should be healed enough tomorrow night and so long as you are no longer cramping. Drink lots of fluids today. That will also help rinse your system.

You should be fine to return to your regular activities but if you can hold off on the sex for two days it would be better but I know, personally, how hard that can be when you are in heat, which for wolves is what the menstrual cycle is. It’s especially hard when it’s times like tonight when the moon is full. If this was the Harvest Moon, it would be much worse.

There’s nothing to say that you can’t pleasure each other but just don’t have intercourse.” Dr. Andy told her in such a professional tone that Sam only felt slightly embarrassed by the information.

He put away his equipment and pulled out a syringe and gave her the Depo-Provera shot. “There you are now on birth control. You’ll need to come in every three months on this date to get another one until you and Matt are ready to start a family.” Dr. Andy put the cap back on the needle and put it back in his bag to be disposed of back at the clinic.

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