I leaned against the balcony railing of the bedroom. It was maybe about 2 a.m. and Auri had been right. The storm blew through for about 5 hours but now the night sky was clear. Taking a deep breath of a cigarette, I blew it out into the air. I had never been one to smoke but after the training and re-education, Auri and I would sometimes sneak off to have a smoke. Apparently, if Bryan or Hector caught her, she would be in deep shit. Since her body no longer healed like a normal werewolf, it was actually bad for her. She still did it with Morgan though and now me. I wasn’t about to tell off the woman who I had seen destroy an entire camp of wolves what she could or couldn’t do. Shifting, I winced as my legs and ass radiated soreness. Sighing and looking over the ocean, I took another drag. “I didn’t know you smoked.” I turned to see Vale, naked, leaning against the balcony doorway. Taking him in, I exhaled out my nose, the smoke rising between us. “There is a lot we can learn about
“She just doesn’t get it.”I didn’t say anything as I stood next to him.“Ugh!” Vale threw up his hands. “She just expects me to take on the whole world and that’s not my job! I’m the Alpha King. Alpha. Werewolves. You know, our own people. Not everyone else.”He started to pace on the edge in front of me, walking back and forth as he continued. “That’s what the High Council is for. They need to deal with their own kind and make sure that shit does hit the fan! It’s not my fucking job to check on the witches or the vampires or the fey! I don’t care who starts this fucking war but you bet your ass I’ll be defending wolves!”“What if the wolves start the war?”He stopped to look at me. “I have an obligation to my kind to protect them. I’ve done my best to try and stop the spread of the drugs. Trying to get them to see fighting isn’t the answer. But at the end of the day…”“Even if a pack murders innocent lives and starts the war you’ll back the wolves?”His eyes snapped to mine. “What?
***Vale’s POV***I was laying on our bed, sprawled out in nothing but some gym shorts. Three days of hell. Three days of feeling like I was being thrown into a blender and pulverized. My cocky self had gotten both me and my mate into a world of pain. I thought when Hector and I were sparring back home, that was his final gear. It was not. Hell, he cranked it up maybe two or three gears. Now, I knew why Bryan said Hector could actually hold his own for a while with Mom.I sighed, closing my eyes. It has been three days and still not sign of her. She hasn’t come back and both Bryan and Hector said to not go looking for her. But three days was a long time. My heart hurt and guilt ate away at me. I knew I fucked up. When she blasted the load bearing support for the whole house, I knew I fucked up. My mom and I rarely had fights. This would probably be considered the worse. The one after she found Tyr and a fighting being a close second.We were too similar to have fights. We understood ea
I sat at the desk looking over papers. The High Council was sending me over the multitude of requests and issues going on so I could weed through them to see what fires needed to be put out. It seemed like an uphill battle though.Weeks had gone by. Weeks and still not a single word from my mom. She didn’t even acknowledge me. It wasn’t a childish ‘tell Vale this’ or ‘relay this message to him’ or even just writing something down. No, it was as though I wasn’t even home. Ezekiel tried to talk to her after the first week but to no avail. You could even see the slight worry in Hector and Bryan’s eyes.My tablet was next to me with the current roster of people in the pack. We had a good amount of warriors. A lot of the families from the old captains from Harvest Moon came to join the pack. Their kids taking up the mantle since most of the other captains had retired. I was sending groups of three usually to each issue, helping put out the spots that were coming up.The problem was the amo
“Vale?” Ezekiel’s voice sounded cracked and dry.I opened my eyes, looking down at him. “Hey, little Alpha. You doing okay?”He nuzzled further into my chest. “I…never want to go through that again.”Chuckling, I kissed his forehead. “I’m glad your coherent again. Come on, let’s get you out of this water. Get some water into you.”He nodded and I scooped him up in my arms. Ignoring the pain in my arm, I knew that even with my werewolf healing, it would take days for my arm to recover. Naresh was quiet in the back of my mind, tired from the continuous healing. I remembered what Hector said about my mom, that her wolf died trying to heal her and keep her alive. It was a fraction of what I’m sure she felt but I could understand it more now.I placed Ezekiel down and gently tried to see if he could weight on his legs without crumbling.“Vale, I’m fine. You can…”As soon as I let more of his weight fall, he started to drop and I just picked him back up. He whined, embarrassment flooding me
I stood in the shower, hot water streaming down my body. My eyes were closed and my head was facing the shower head above me. It felt good, my body’s tension releasing slowly. It had been four days and it didn’t seem like Ezekiel was even close to stopping. My only reprieve right now was when he passed out from coming too much within a short amount of time.Taking a deep breath, I leaned over and spread my ass cheeks. Blood ran down my leg and into the drain. Naresh now came forward to force Faris to submit when he got too excited. He also was able to heal every time it happened but it was slow going. I still let him take the reigns though. I knew he was an Alpha, as there was something in him still needing to be that Alpha. Ezekiel was starting to already take over the pack, working with Hector, Bryan and my Mom for the every day things. Apparently, it wasn’t enough. Faris showing his true colors as he took over.'Vale, do you need anything, dear?'I chuckled, hearing my mom mind lin
“Do you really need to go back so soon?” Ezekiel whined, helping me with my bag as I carried it down to the stairs. I sighed. “Yes, they are imploding according to Jess. They need help. I also need their help and for them to take me seriously. I know all the requests I sent were just tossed in the trash.” “Can’t I go with you?” He put his hand on my cheek and I smiled. “I’ll request it. Especially since now we have officially mated, but it might take a couple weeks. I’ll have you come though, don’t worry. I love you, my little Alpha.” Kissing Ezekiel on the forehead, I pulled him into a tight embrace. My face fell to his neck and into his loose hair. Inhaling deeply, I wanted his smell to fill me up once more before I left. The sparks even felt more like electrocutions than their usual calming energy. I didn’t want to let him go. Finally, I peeled myself away from him. “I’m leaving my car for you. So when I do call for you, you can come up to me.” He nodded, his eyes glossy. I kis
It took twenty minutes of walking before anyone even came to greet us. I was following Mark but I didn’t know why we weren’t shifting and running in. It seemed like the long way to be going in but when the Beta, Joshua, finally showed up with two other warriors, Mark shifted. He still hadn’t said a word to me the entire time. I adjusted my duffle and shifted as well. All of their eyes went wide as my shift probably shocked them. My size and color also didn’t help, considering I towered over Mark.We had never shifted and I had never seen his wolf form just as he hadn’t seen mine. So it wasn’t surprising but I felt a shift of wariness in all of them. As though my ‘stupid frat boy’ persona may be broken. They took a minute but were able to gather themselves enough to lead the way. Again, even in wolf form, it was slow going.Heading north, we passed the outskirts of a town before coming to a stop at an older castle looking building. It was gothic and reminded me a lot of the High Counci