Killian had been torturing Aunt Bonnie for weeks. She was a tough old broad. She wasn't going to crack. Ellen and Maddox had Searched through her home, looking for anything they could use. There was nothing except an old picture of Bonnie and a baby. Ellen couldn't remember her ever having a baby, so who was this? She decided to look up any babies born to the Gilbert family around that time. She looked about two years old, so she had a rough time frame.
Maddox and Ellen decided to go out for a break while waiting for the registry office to get back to them. Ellen lied and said Bonnie was quite I'll and wanted to notify next of kin.
Maddox wanted to take Ellen's mind off of everything that had been going on lately. They pulled into a gocart track.
"You need some fun, and I wanna race! win-win!" He laughed and grabbed Ellen's hand, dragging her in. They stopped at the food truck outside the track before they raced. Chi
ELLEN I woke up alone in Maddox condo in Death Valley. I tried mind linking Maddox and got nothing. What was he really up to? I know we got what we needed from Bonnie, so we planned on leaving Devon alone. So, where could he be? I wandered around the condo snooping through drawers and looking at bookshelves. The apartment was so different from his room at the packhouse. Everything was on display like his secret hideaway. I went to reach for the door handle at the end of the hall when I heard the front door open, and I could smell coffee and donuts. I went running to the smell. Ever since Star surfaced, I can smell everything. I reach for my coffee and a giant powdered donut. "Where have you been all morning?" I scolded him as I shoved a huge bite of donut in my mouth. "WOAH, slow down their killer. I had no idea you could fit that much anything in that tiny mouth." He winked and laughed at me, which earned him a smack on the arm. "It's not that I cant
Maddox had returned with Ellen and warriors were ready. Killian wanted to kill Alpha Sandy Silver he exploited children and his mistress was no better. Astrid was on the verge of taking control but Axel stayed close to Lucy to help her stay calm while Killian commanded the troops. Treena had returned from university to stay with Lanie. The packhouse would be very quiet except for a few omegas and two warriors. It was about a two-day drive and a few hours in wolf form to the howler pack which is where the Academy was located deep in the woods of Louisiana. According to Bonnie, they had vampires and Dark witches helping conceal everything. Ellen would need to take down the barrier to get them through. Bonnie had given Ellen the spells she would need to get them in and out safely. Ellen was far stronger than Bonnie ever let her know giving her dampening herbs her whole life so she would never know her full power. Bonnie did grow to love Ellen even if she was power-hungry. She was just
AXEL I could not keep Astrid back any longer. Before I could tighten my grip, she had ripped both vamps hearts out and busted open the cellar doors. She grabbed the beta both hands on either side of his face. I couldn't see what was happening because Astrid had her back to me, but then I heard the blood curtailing scream come from the betas mouth. His eyes turned white, and he started shaking. She threw him to the side and ran to Killian placing her hands on his neck. There was a flash of light, and Alpha silver tried to escape, but Maddox grabbed him and broke both his legs and wrists. He wouldn't be going anywhere. "Throw him in the other cell. I want to have some alone time with this monster." Astrid's voice was eerily calm and so creepy. Lucy was defiantly locked out. "Yes, Luna!" Maddox complied "Axel! Ellen! Find my mother." She screamed. After a few minutes, Killian's neck was healed completely. He was still covered in b
ASTRID When I saw the vile creature cut Killains throat, to say I was pissed was an understatement. I shoved Lucy back and took control of this rescue and murder, whichever I decided came first. Mad ox put the coward who ordered Killian's death into the cell next to us while I healed Killian. Lucy was too sweet to witness this, so I blocked her out. What I was about to do, I didn't want her living with it for the rest of her life. "Ah, Alpha Silver, or should I say spinless serpent, I don't know how the mood Goddess gave you paws instead of scales." "Who are you? a hybrid? a witch? how do you move so fast, and how did you heal that mutt?" I reached my hand out with my claws extended and dug them into his neck, drawing blood. " I am Astrid Bennet. You kidnapped my mother and tried to kill my mate normally; my human is sweet, loving and forgiving; however, she is grieving the loss of her mate, so I had to shove her out—I am not sweet,
ELLEN I watched as Lanie and her mother reconnected after 15 years. Lanie had been through so much. I secretly hoped maybe my mother wasn't dead but just captured as well. However, I knew better. Axel was recovering well. Maddox had joined me at some point in the night and was sleeping on my lap, both of my legs were asleep, and I really had to pee when Lucy came to visit. I waited by his bedside for him to wake up so Lanie and her mother could have more time together and Axel wouldn't wake up alone. The brother I had always wanted. He was better than I dreamed of funny, kind, fierce. I hated the thought of him leaving to be the Alpha of the Mountain Moon pack, but I knew it was his destiny, and he would make an incredible Alpha. "Hey, how's he doing?" Lucy asked as she slumped into the chair beside me. "No change, but the doc said that's normal, and the poison is out of his system. It was just such a large amount. Liam is still asleep and can't h
LUCY Having my mother in my pack was weird. My memories of her are so different from the women before me. We are sitting in the gardening drinking coffee and talking about our lives. I can feel her trauma in her emotions. The things she hides and pretends didn't happen. I searched her mind when we first found her to see what she had experienced. They tried to recreate Astrid. She had so many children taken from her, experimented on and killed when they were not blessed wolves. How she hides all that pain, ill never know. She keeps the wall up high. Hidden from Lanie, for being an older sister is very oblivious to real life. The struggles we have faced and the hardships ahead. All she sees is Axel and her family. That's all she has ever wanted. I, on the other hand, have never felt more alone. Killian is great. I do love him, but he can't fill the void I feel. The never-ending emptiness. He does complete me in some ways, but in other ways, I don't know if I will ever be able
LUCY I sat on the terrace of our bedroom, waiting for Killian to wake up. I knew he'd be up soon for training. Axel and I had stayed out so late. Killian had been asleep when I came in. I was lost in thought, looking at the building I had destroyed with my outburst only a few months earlier. Almost rebuilt, but never the same. My mind wandered to everything that has happened in the last few months—snuggled up in a blanket with my coffee. I felt a strange sensation overwhelming my body. Was my heat coming on? KILLIAN I woke up choking on smoke. I rolled over to see if Lucy had come back. She wasn't in bed. I stumbled through the smoke, wondering what time it was. I tried mind-linking Lucy to see if she was still with Axel. She didn't answer me. I thought for a minute maybe she was in the shower. Where was this smoke coming from? I looked up to see her coffee cup on the ground outside, her blanket wrapped around her tightly. She was on the deck trapped. I
Axel grew up in a small town adopted by human parents when his mother died during childbirth. He never needed to look for his birth father because his foster parents were all he needed. Kade and Laurel treated Axel like the son they always wanted. He was given everything a boy could want. When Axel shifted for the first time, he had no idea what was happing to him. His body got really hot and itchy. He had this pounding headache for days. They lived on the forest side of town, so he decided to take a walk and get some fresh air, maybe take a swim in the river if that helped cool his aching itchy body.He stumbled over rocks and tree roots, the smell of the trees becoming stronger, and he could hear everything. The wind in the trees, the heartbeats of rabbits running and the rushing river seemed to be so loud he covered his ears. He did his best to breathe through the pain he felt all over his body. He laid on the ground next to the river, waiting for the pain to s