Titus walks into the hotel penthouse.
The four guards that surround me, escort me in behind him.
Titus stops and turns to me. “Lana, I…”
I roll my angry eye to him. “Don’t talk to me.” I spit.
He looks directly into my eyes. “Take her to her room.”
It’s not fair.
I can’t leave. Not now. Not after I told Peter I loved him.
I should just run away. Take Peter and never come back.
My heart hurts so much. Is it supposed to feel like this? I feel like dying.
Once in my room, I lay on my bed, sobbing into my arms. Thinking of how much I hate Titus.
I’m startled by an explosion sound and my room fills with black smoke.
I sit up and wipe my cheeks. Turning toward the cloud.
Standing in my room, is a woman dressed all in black with a smirk on her face. Her black hair is pulled up into a high ponytail. Her blue eyes look familiar.
“Hello, sister.” She tilts her head.
I rub my eyes. “Who?...” Did she say sister?
“I'm Athena. You don’t know me, but I know you.” She steps close to my bed. “I also know, my brother would do anything to get you back. Including, handing over the Heart.”
I slide off the other side of the bed. “Stay away from me.” I choke.
She huffs a laugh. “Poor little Lana. Always my brothers favorite.” She steps around my bed. “Between you and Anastasia, I don’t know which one of you makes me more sick.”
I cry as I back up to the wall.
She tilts her head and looks into my eyes as she stalks me. “I've been gone for awhile, but I’m taking my Ravens back with your help. Once Titus gives me the Heart, I’ll kill him and the Ravens will control everything.”
My breath stutters. “He'll never give it to you.” I grit.
“He will. To save his precious baby sister, he’ll give me anything.” The corner of her mouth ticked up evilly.
I eye the door and run for it.
Athena grabs my waist and I reach out for the handle. “TITUS!!” I scream as black smoke surrounds me totally. My call to him echoes back to me.
I'm thrown to the ground. My hands grip into leaves and dirt. The ground is black. My eyes adjust and I look around.
My face pains as I see the sky is black as night. The trees are black and I’m outside the entrance to a large black mansion.
I raise my head to a dark cloud of ravens as the caw through the sky.
A tear falls down my cheek. “Oh no.” I choke.
I know Lana always had a crush, but what I saw in her eyes was way more than that.
When she said she loved me, my heart stopped. I froze. If Titus didn’t have me, I would have told her I loved her too.
I do, damn it. I love the hell out of Lana and now it’s too late. What am I supposed to do? Do I challenge the Zeta Alpha? Do I take Lana and run? Or worse, do nothing and pretend like she isn’t the best damn thing that happened to me.
I’m sitting in the chair across from Zander.
“What’s going on, Pete?” He asks with his hands folded on his desk.
I sigh. “Nothing, man. Really.”
“Lana said she loved you. Is there something you need to tell me?” He arched a brow.
I don’t need to tell him because right now there’s nothing to tell. “Nope.” I shook my head.
He nods. “Pete. One thing I like about you is your honesty. I’m not callous enough to not realize things happen. But I need to know if we are going to repair the damage made between our cities.”
“Trust me, Zander. There is nothing going on between me and Lana.” I tilt my head.
He eyes me. “Right. That’s why I’m looking a man who looks like he just got hit by a speeding truck.”
“Zander…” I start.
“OUT OF MY WAY!!” I hear from outside Zander’s office.
I turn and furrow my brow.
Titus throws open the door. “WHERE HAVE YOU TAKEN HER?” He bellows.
Zander stands. “Titus? What’s wrong?”
Titus sees me. “Where is she, you pathetic wolf?!” He starts for me as I stand, but Zander jumps his desk and steps between us.
I stand behind Zander. “What do you mean? Lana’s gone?”
“Yes, she’s gone and you fucking took her!” Titus pushes on Zander.
“No, I didn’t!” I yell back.
“He didn’t, Titus. He’s been with me all day.” Zander holds his chest and looks into Titus' eyes.
“Where is she? How did she leave? Weren’t you watching her?” I growl at him. My wolf is going insane in his cage. My anger is starting to rise.
“Who are you to ask me that?” Titus grinds.
“ANSWER THE FUCKING QUESTION, TITUS!” I push on Zanders back as my eyes throw daggers at him. Titus pushes his chin out and glares at me. It’s a push between us both.
“PETER! BACK OFF!!” Zander yells.
I step back and throw my hands in my hair. “Did you check the city?” I motion my hand to Titus.
“My guards searched everywhere.” Titus says, backing down.
Zander kept his hand out to Titus. “How long has she been missing?”
“Since last night. I sent her to her room and that’s the last I saw of her.” He rubs his forehead.
I shake my head. Biting my upper lip, my rage boils over. “This is all your fucking fault.” I say low.
Titus looks at me. “Excuse me?”
I meet his eyes. “This is all your fault. Every time she runs away. Every time she sneaks out and gets in trouble.” I step closer to him. My eyes not leaving his. “Every time she gets lost or hurt, IT’S YOUR FUCKING FAULT!” I throw my finger at him. “She runs to get away from you and your control! Now, she’s out there doing God knows what BECAUSE OF YOU!”
My chest is heaving as Zander turns and places a hand on it. “Pete, calm down, alright. Put your wolf away.” He speaks calm and low.
My body’s shaking and my breath is shallow. I glance at him and suck in a breath. I blow it out and swallow. Nodding, I push my wolf down.
“You will mind your words with me.” Titus warns.
Zander turns. “He’s just worried about Lana. We all are.” Zander says trying to diffuse the situation.
Titus turns away.
Zander pulls put his phone. “Hey, Rick. Organize a search party. Lara Marin is missing…less than twelve hours…Send for Azriel.”
Titus turns back around. “You think your wizard can help?”
Zander nods. “He can help narrow things down. He’ll be here in a couple hours.”
I shake my head. “I can’t fucking sit here.” I grab my jacket and push past Titus.
“Peter!” Zander calls to my back.
“I'll be back.” I say without turning around. I leave the unit determined to rip this city apart until I find the little girl who not only took my heart, but she stole my soul. I’ll stop at nothing to get her back.
It’s so hot here.
I’m in a cell, laying on the floor. My body is slick with sweat. My hair is soaked. I can barely breath. I think I’m in a holding area near the volcano.
“Peter, help me…” I whine in a whisper before crying.
I hear a door open and footsteps.
I see feet stop in front of my cell, but I’m too hot and dehydrated to lift my head.
My cell opens and someone steps in.
“Give her water.” I hear Athena’s voice.
A large hand grabs the back of my neck and a cup is shoved to my lips.
The water is so cool, my shaking hand grabs the hand that’s pouring the water down my throat with a hungry grab.
The cup is taken away as I cough from drinking so fast. I’m thrown to the floor, my cheek bouncing off it.
Athena comes and squats beside me. She moves my hair to the side and my slits meet her eyes. “Soon, my dear sister. Titus will catch up and all this will be over. He will die and the rest of you will be under my control. The way it should have been.”
“Please…let me go…” I quietly cry.
“Can’t do that Lana. You’re my sister and I need you. Just like you’ll come to realize, you need me.” She runs the back of her fingers down my cheek as I weakly cringe. “Sleep. Titus will be here soon.”
I hear my cell shut and my chest hurts. My stomach is sick. I want Peter. “Please save me.” I whisper as my body becomes weak and I pass out.
I searched everywhere I could think of. The park, my apartment, the shopping district. I even checked all the theaters and anything else that I thought would cause Lana excitement. I think she’s hiding from Titus. I really believe she is.
“Anything?” I walk into Zander’s office after hours of searching.
“No.” Titus says. “My guards turned every stone. She’s not here.”
“She wouldn’t have left?” I ask.
Titus sighs and leans on the table. “With Lana there’s no telling. I would not be surprised if she ran from me.”
“Hey…um…about before. I’m sorry I snapped.” I walk up to him.
He nods. “No need. You spent enough time around Lana to have concern for her.”
I pull up a seat. “I get you want to keep Lana safe, but can’t keep locking her up. It only makes it worse.”
“You don’t know Lana very well.” He arches his brow.
“Zander. I came as quick as I could.” Azriel says as he walks in. “The guard downstairs made me surrender my crystal. The nerve of some people.” He placed his hands on his hips, shaking his head.
“I’ll have it brought up.” Zander walks around his desk. “Azriel, this is Titus Marin.”
Azriel gets a huge smile on his face. “Ah, yes. The good Sea King. Son of the cosmic being Destiny?” He approaches Titus with his hand out.
“Yes. That’s right, wizard.” Titus grumbles. Not taking his hand.
“Right…it’s…um…sorcerer, if you don’t mind.” Azriel nods.
Titus sits and rubs his head. “Can you find my sister?”
“That I can do or at least tell you where to look. I’ll need a space. The place where she was last.” Azriel instructs.
We’re standing in Lana’s bedroom. Azriel places a map on her bed and hangs his crystal from his hand.
He whispers words and the crystal glows white. It lifts and starts to spin over the map.
As it spins, it’s circle gets smaller and its glow turns red.
It spins even smaller and Azriel moves the crystal to an area. It stops dead on the map.
Azriel looks. “Right. She’s near this volcano.” He points.
Titus leans to see. “She’s home? How did she get there? There’s no way.”
Azriel fists his crystal and walks around.
He holds his hand out.
“What are you doing?” Titus growls.
“Shush!” Azriel says sharply.
Titus looked offended.
Azriel stops and holds the crystal to his lips. At an empty spot on the floor, he blows across the crystals tip.
Red energy comes from it and flies around the empty space. The energy combines and spreads. Growing. A picture starts to appear in the translucent window of energy.
We all look to see black smoke billowing in the view. Titus gets up close. Out of the smoke, a face emerges with a smirk. A woman’s face. It freezes.
“Athena.” Titus whispers with wide eyes.
“That’s your culprit, my dear King.” Azriel says.
Titus turns and looks at us all. “That’s my sister.”
PETERMy mind is racing a mile a minute as we run through the unit.After we found out where Lana was, we mobilized.“We can take my jet. Gather all the Alphas.” Titus says as we run to transport trucks.Bastian runs beside him. “I’ll call the human council. See if we can get some military air transport and meet you in Atlas.”Titus stops. “Thank you.”We all stopped and turned. I walk up to him. “Thank us when we get her back. When I get her back.” I lean my head forward and nod.He nods back. I clap his shoulder and we all continue running through the halls to the garage.All twenty Alphas loaded onto the trucks to be taken to Titus' private jet.The trucks speed through the city, weaving in and out of traffic.In the back, we all hang on as the trucks rock back and forth.I turn to Titus. “Another sister?”Titus nods. “The others barely remember her and don’t know what she tried to do. Athena is the eldest. She was like the others, but changed.”He looked at his fingers between his
PETERWith the battle still raging in the woods, I held Lana in the water. Every minute, she wakes up a little more.“…so hot…” Lana says as she wraps her arms around my neck and rests her head on my shoulder.“I know, little girl. It just heat exhaustion. I’ll get you fixed up.” I walk her out of the water to Zander and Titus.Titus runs and meets me half way. “Lana?” He’s searching for her face as we all walk out.“Titus?’ She says weakly.“Yes. Lana…I’m here.” He says as we walk.“I’m sorry.” She squeaks.“No, Lana. I’m sorry.” He whispers.Zander looks at me. “We’ll get her to the medic tent. She’ll be fine.”Titus looks at us. “The Hunter’s on its way. My guard will stay with her and take her to safety.”I nod. “Where’s Athena?”“I can’t be sure.” Titus says.Some of Titus' guard show up when we get onto the beach.Titus takes Lana from my arms. I didn’t want to let her go, but isn’t the place for her. “Get the princess to safety.”“Yes, your highness.” One says as she takes Lana
LANAAfter my rescue, I don’t think I could love Peter more.He saved my life. Fought along side my brother and showed that no matter the danger, he would burn the world to protect me.I don’t know much about relationships, but I feel like you can’t just find that anywhere.Only someone so special will have that kind of love.I'm not exactly sure what it all means or where it’s headed, but I know I’m not letting Peter go without a fight. If that’s what Titus wants, I’ll give it to him. Peter risked his life for me, I sure as hell can stand up for him against my brother and his rules.With Peter behind me, we walk into Titus' office.“Titus! Before you say anything, I have something to say first.” I say as I walk in front of him.He’s leaning on the edge of his desk with his arms folded. His gaze resting on Peter.I stand tall even though I’m so small compared to him.I lift my chin. “I know you have rules about boys, but I want to say Peter is not a boy. He’s a man. A man who loves me
PETER“Call me everyday.” Lana mumbles.“Everyday.” I confirm.I smile with her in my arms on the helipad on top of the tower.“And text.” She looks up at me.I nod. “And text.”“And video chat…” She stands on her toes and pulls my forehead to hers.I laugh. “Lana, you’ll hear from me everyday, ok. Relax.”“I can’t. I’ll miss you too much.” She pouts.“I’ll be back before you know it. Give me a kiss.” I say.She grabs my head and kisses me hard. I wrap my arms around her head and kiss her back. I really can’t get enough of her lips.A throat clearing gruffly breaks us up.Titus is standing tapping a foot and arching a brow.I press lips together and scratch my brow. “Titus. Thank you once again for letting me stay while Lana recovered.” I graciously approached him with a hand out.“Yes, well. It was the least I could do. So, you’ll be back soon?” He asks.I turn and look at Lana and turn back with a smile. “A school of great whites couldn’t keep me away.”He chuckles and taps my arm.
PETERIn the back seat of Bastian's SUV, Mateo, Zane and I pour over blueprints of the sports complex.“There’s nothing out of the ordinary here.” I hit the paper.Mateo grabs the second paper. “There’s a sub-basement. Maybe it’s there.”“Give me that.” Zane reaches over and snatches it from Mateo.Mateo scowls. “Manners!”“Bite me. How’s that for manners.” Zane scowls at the paper.I look at him. “What’s with you?”“Nothing.” He grumbles.“No. It’s something. You’re angrier than usual. What’s up?” I ask.“Say and I got into it before I left and she’s not answering my texts.” He mumbles.“What about?” I looked concerned.He slams the blueprint down. “She says I’m too dramatic and overly sensitive. The only thing I said was I didn’t want her studying at the library just in case one of those college douches hits on her. She called me paranoid! Me! It's not my fault she’s super hot and guys fall all over her. I’m just trying to protect her.”He turned in his seat to face me. “Like the ot
LANA“PETER!!” I run through the hall of the Falcon Ridge unit with my arms in the air.“Uh…Lana?” He stops dead and his face looks confused.I jump into his arms and grab his face in my hands. Kissing his lips and face all over.“Baby…mmmphf…what…are…you…doing…here…” He mumbles between kisses.“I missed you.” I lean back and smile.“She laid on my desk and refused to move unless I flew her out here.” Titus signed. He walked up and clapped Peter’s shoulder.“Lana, it’s only been a week?” Peter looks at me.“I know. It was a million years. I couldn’t wait anymore.” I mumble.Titus scratches his brow. “It was either this or suffer her boredom. I have three jet skies and a set of docks that need repair now.”“I said I was sorry.” I look at him.“Yeah? Well, now you’re his problem.” Titus arches a brow.“Thanks a lot.” Peter narrows his eyes.He chuckles. “Zander in his office?”Peter nods.I jump down and grab his hand. “So, what do we do first.” I’m practically bouncing on my toes.“I w
PETER“Come on, Pete, one more.” Brody looks down at me as he spots me on the bench.I clench my teeth and push the barbell up. My arms are shaking. I shake my red face. I’m done.Brody helps me rack it and I sit up. Huffing out breaths. Wiping my head with my towel, Brody sits on the bench across from me.“That wasn’t even close to your personal best, man. What’s going on?” He asks.I flop my towel down. “It’s Lana. I can’t keep up. She’s exhausting.”Brody chuckles. “That’s what happens when you get with a pup.”I hit him with my towel. “No. It’s worse than that. She’s never been outside of Atlas, so she’s in sensory overload. I can’t put an anchor on her.”Mateo walks over from his bench. “Wasn’t she just as impulsive in Atlas?”“I mean, yeah, but it wasn’t this bad. She smashed my truck.” I raised my brow.Mateo chuckles. “That’s your fault for giving her the keys.”“True.” I mumble. “She gave me the eyes. My kryptonite. I want to give her everything.”Mateo points to me. “Quit sp
LANA“Ok. Lana. I need you to focus.” Peter instructs.“Okay.” I nod.“Now, you’re biggest problem is impulse control, but I think I can turn it around. Give you something to focus on while giving you enough change of scenery to keep your mind busy.” I watch him walk around me.He stops in front of me and looks out to the field. He puts his hand to the side of his mouth. “LEO!”A man looks up. He has long on top, brown sun kissed hair and his jaw line is trimmed in a thin beard to a goatee. He quite muscular, but not as big as Peter.He jogs over. “Hey. What’s going on?”Peter crosses his arms. “I think I have a tracker for you."“A tracker?” I arch a brow.He nods. “Lana Marin meet Leo Travis. Our leader for the tracking unit.” He turns to Leo. “Lana has a bit of an impulse and focus problem. I think if she’s given a target to hunt, she’d make a good tracker.”“Cool. Let’s go to the scavenger field.” Leo smiles.We walk to an area just past the field where the super wolves are sparri