Sean’s POVThe next day, they drove to an abandoned warehouse a couple of hours away. Sean knew the drive would be difficult for Adina, and he kept making her eat saltines. She hated them, but they helped with the motion sickness.Sean hated the fact that Adina would be in the same room as Cleatus. He hated she would be in danger and that he had to allow it. He knew it was her decision, but he didn’t like it. Colin had been in a bad mood all day because of the same thing.As the car pulled up to the warehouse, Sean and five warriors stepped out and checked the area. When they were satisfied that it was clear, Colin and Adina stepped out.“Do you need anything?” Colin asked Adina.“No, I just want to get this over with,” she said.Sean and Colin flanked her, and the warriors made sure they were covered as the three of them entered the building. In the middle of the open warehouse stood Cernack, with the crate they now knew contained Cleatus.The area was well lit, and there were no pla
Adina’s POVIt had been the first time she intentionally had killed another living being. Adina expected to feel remorse or guilt. But she didn’t, which worried her.They had gotten back in the car and were driving home. Both Sean and Colin were sitting impossibly close to her. She felt their protective instincts. But they didn’t say anything. They let her have a moment to herself and let her know they were there.She could have let either of them kill Cleatus. They wouldn’t have objected or questioned it. Even Cernack would have done it if she had asked him. She knew this. But she had felt that it had been her duty as an alpha. It had also been personal vengeance. Cleatus had had a hand in the killing of her family.But the lack of feeling for what she had done still worried her. What she had said to Cleatus about the Beloved One not being detached was true. She couldn’t afford to be anything else but completely compassionate. Was she losing her compassion?“What are you thinking abo
Colin’s POVAdina looked nervous as they sat down to take the conference call with the White Rose pack. Colin took her hand and placed a kiss on it.“You got this,” Sean told her, and Colin sent him a smile. They could both feel how nervous she was.The meeting started, and Colin could see the faces of all the council members on the large screen on his office wall.“Good evening; thank you for joining the meeting on such short notice. I have several things I need to talk to you about,” Adina said. Most of the members nodded.“First, I would like to apologise. I have not been honest with you. And though it was for a good reason, I don’t like using these methods,” she then told them and took a deep breath.“I told you I had executed Cleatus as soon as I discovered he was a traitor. In reality, I held him captive to get information from him. I didn’t tell you as I didn’t know if he had friends amongst you that would try to free him,” she continued.“Why have you changed your mind?” a dry
Adina’s POV“What are you talking about, Sean?” Adina asked.At the same time, Colin stood up, still holding her, and he and Sean walked out of Colin's office and into their apartment.“Sean?” Adina asked again, feeling ignored.Colin sat her on the couch in their living room and got two bags from the clause as Sean headed for the bathroom.“Colin, did he tell you what this is about?” Adina asked and stood up from the couch.“No, but if he says you need to leave, then you are leaving,” Colin said as he headed for the walk-in closet.Sean came back from the bathroom with two toilet bags. He put in the bags Colin had put out. Colin came out with a bunch of Adina’s clothes and stuffed them into a bag. Adina just watched the two men that were working without saying a word.“Stop!” Adina finally said. She put enough determination into the word that both men stopped.Sean was stuffing some of his clothes into a bag, and Colin was walking out of the closet with a bunch of her panties. They b
Colin’s POVAs they got up to their apartment, they got to work. It was late, but they didn’t have much time. Colin started calling the pack's allies, and Sean and Adina called packs they had stayed at during the years they thought could help. Sean also called his brother to let him know what was happening.It was a little after midnight as they finished and went to bed. Colin relaxed as he took in the scents of Adina and Sean. Adina was in her back with Sean and Colin surrounding her, forming a cocoon to keep her safe.Colin still hated the idea of Adina remaining with the pack; he hated the idea that she would be on her own in the shelter. He also knew that there was no way for him to avoid it. As he let his thoughts run wild, he felt that neither of his mates was asleep. They all had too many ideas to settle down.He felt Adina take a deep breath, and then he felt the sensation, like bubbles, flow over his skin as she shared her magic with them. Once again, he could see the network
Adina’s POVAdina walked down into the shelter for the second time. She knew what she needed to do. She also knew her mates would have refused to let her do it. That is why she hadn’t told them about it. She felt a little guilty for that. But not so much that she wouldn’t do it.She stopped by the monitoring station and had a look. It was too early to get a sense for the battle of the numbers. But at least things looked to start off on a smaller scale. Adina was afraid that the enemies were just testing the waters.‘We are under attack, we need our allies on site now,’ Adina mind linked Cernack.‘Are you safe, my lady?’ he asked.‘I am, but my mates and my pack aren’t. I want the council, all of the council, to call in favours where we can. I want all the warriors that we wan get to be ready. If we have allies that are more than an hour's drive away that are willing to help, let me know,’ Adina said.‘Yes, my lady,’ Cernack said.Adina turned to her two friends and smiled.“I’m going
Sean’s POVSean knew he needed to get his men over to Colin as soon as possible. If what Adina said was true and the main vampire force was heading there, Colin and his men would be in trouble.He shifted back to his human form for a moment to give orders to the surrounding warriors. He was still amazed at how many warriors Adina had rounded up. Sean had a good idea about how she had done it. They would have a conversation about that when this was over.“I need half of you to stay here, half of you need to come with me. We have a large number of vampires moving towards team A’s position. We will offer them support,” Sean told them. Sean’s brother shifted back to his human form next to Sean.“We will follow you,” he told Sean, and Sean nodded. He had been surprised when he saw his brother come sprinting through the woods. But he was grateful that he and his warriors had joined them.Sean shifted back to his wolf and then he was off. He mind linked Jason and Mateo to make sure they knew
Adina’s POVThe enemies in front of Adina parted to let a tall woman through. She was slender and had short midnight black hair and brown eyes that was filled with hatred and loathing.“Diedre, I presume,” Adina smirked.“Adina, cousin,” the woman smiled. But Adina could tell that she wasn’t pleased that Adina had known her name.“It’s time to stop this, Diedre. You will never have my title and you most definitely won’t have my powers,” Adina said.“Why would we stop when we are winning?” Diedre asked. Adina laughed, but it was a laugh void of all amusement.“You are more delusional than I thought, cousin. Let’s stop this unnecessary killing and part ways,” Adina said.“I’m not the one with a mate that is more dead than alive,” Dierdre smirked.Both Colin and Adina growled at her.“You may not be, but you are the one with a fast-depleting army. Do you think these are the only warriors that will fight in my name? Magical creatures from around the world is standing by to send us backup.